The Ultimate Web Scams Ever Invented !
Online scams are everywhere, and they are becoming more sophisticated by the day. In fact, if you think you know everything there is to know about online scams – you don’t know jack! The motivation behind scamming people from the comfort of an undisclosed location is so high, that e-scammers are constantly inventing new methods and coming up with new ideas to trap innocent web surfers. Top of their target list – for some odd reason – are students and desperate romance seekers. Therefore, if you fall into this category, you should keep your guard up.
The Netflix Scam:
The Netflix scam is a fairly new scam which is extremely effective – in fact it’s so effective – it’s scary. The scam starts with Netflix subscribers receiving an email, notifying the users that their account has been blocked. Consequently, the victims are advised to call an 800 number if they want their account unblocked. Once the subscriber calls the 800 number, the technical support person on the other end asks to gain remote access to victims PC, in order to “Fix the problem” on their end. Once they have access to victims PCs, their personal data is stolen. On the other hand, on some instances, the scammers have also asked victims to pay $400.00 if they want their problem fixed. Keep in mind that Netflix will never direct its users to call an 800 number. Thus, avoid responding to any emails that direct you to call any phone number.
It all starts with victims receiving an authentic looking e-invitation from a funeral home with the subject line “Announcing the death of your friend”– within the body of the email, few details are provided regarding the death of an unnamed person. Nonetheless, the real scam lies in the link containing within the email which you are suppose to click to get details on who died and when the service will be held. Once you click on that link, your computer automatically downloads malware. The scam is extremely convincing because these email invites look authentic – using logos of well known funeral homes and professionally written invitations – it’s easy to fall prey to this scam. The only way you can stay safe is to remember never to click links contained with an email body.
Often is the case, when you feel you have met someone interesting on facebook or other social media websites, people habitually let their guard down and feel it’s OK to share their personal information with someone they just met a week or two weeks back – in fact this is huge mistake. Scammers often pose as attractive individuals, pretending to be interested in you – despite the fact that you may be broke, fat and ugly – in a nutshell, a complete loser. Think about it, why would someone out of your league actually fall heads over heels for you? It’s not logical or natural. Thus, the scammer on the other end simply wants to scam you for whatever little money you have left.
Simple steps to remember for staying safe:
Never wire money to a stranger, which includes giving out your credit card/debit card number. Never agree to have money wired to you by someone you don’t know, and finally, never give out personal information, this includes but is not limited to your address, your full name, your occupation, your bank account number and your mother’s maiden name etc.