Recent Online Scams You Don’t Want To Get Baited In
When online these days, or even on your cell phone, it feels like we have to constantly have our guard up to protect from hacks and security weaknesses. Without a doubt, it can be frustrating and intimidating when you are trying to figure out whether an email or a text message is sent through some sort of online source that looks authentic, but isn’t. So, we’ve put together this list of recent online scams that will help educate you on what they are so that you don’t get baited and lose access to your privacy or other important information.
The main scam concept
With online scams, you’ll be looking at security alerts that tell you an established account needs you to verify its information for authenticity. This is commonly a kind of email phishing that makes some of the more experienced online users do a double take.
Then you can find hacking, social media phishing and more that are waiting in the sidelines just waiting to cause a problem for personal and commercial online lives.
Popular 2018 scams to be aware of:
This is a seemingly legitimate internet-based coaching company that offers business opportunities to retirees and other older adults that are looking to earn some money. The first step, of course, is paying money. This has been determined to be a scam by the FTC and they are currently engaged in a lawsuit as a result.
Social Media Celebrity Impersonators
More and more young adults are getting caught up with this. A celebrity of some kind reached out via social media and asks you to send money to a charity they support or to send money to them directly to qualify for a prize. This can also take the form of a person on your friends list for Facebook or other social media. These all turned out to be scams in order to get money and/or your personal information.
Whether it’s a call, an email or a text message, there are a lot of people getting messages about owing money to supposed government agencies such as IRS or a US Marshal. They often sound convincing and often threaten to serve an arrest warrant or other fear-inducing options. These, however, are scams and should not be trusted for relaying personal or financial information.
This list of common options for hacking and security weaknesses online and in your cell phone is constantly on the move. It’s terrifying, frustrating, and hard to predict how it’s going to affect you. If you’re ever unsure, trust your gut and get in touch with the named official organization/government agency directly, to see for sure whether it came from them. The key is to never give financial or personal information out unless you are absolutely positive it is to a trustworthy source. That includes hanging up (or closing the browser) to supposed threats or security breaches and more.