Are you scam street smart, whether you’re at work or home? These tips will help you spot a cyber con from a mile off and dodge the nasty tricks of the trade.
The scamming pied piper will use phishing to lure you into giving out your personal details. They’ll email, call, text you (“smishing” is when you’re SMS’d) or even reach out on social media (yes Facebook hacks happen often). They could ask for your birthdate, bank or credit card numbers, passwords or simply want to “verify your details”. It’s usually so they can steal money.
Pharming is when you’re attacked by evil malware and redirected to a bogus website. It may look just like the official page you’re trying to visit, with logos, branding and all!
Scammers can dangle a carrot of specific details about your business they found elsewhere. If you’re running a business be wary giving out confidential data to anyone, especially through a phony website. It can be misused to commit fraud or cyber crime in your name!