How to Spot Common Internet Scams
- The internet is an exciting place, full of information, products and services which the vast majority of us use without issue. But, as we know, there are criminals who take advantage of the anonymity of the online world to deceive, hack and steal if the opportunity arises.
- The good news is by following the easy precautions highlighted on Cyber Streetwise, it will significantly improve your chances of avoiding internet scams and enjoy being online.
Phishing scams are when fraudsters send malicious fake emails, social network posts and texts to tempt you in or try to gain your trust to take your sensitive information and/or money.
Phishing emails sometimes pretend to be from your bank or they may ask for your logon details for certain other accounts like PayPal or your email account. If you’ve ever received an email saying you’ve won a lottery you’ve never entered or have inherited vast sums, this too is a phishing email trying to get hold of your personal details.
The emails, texts and posts often contain embedded links which encourage you to click.
- If in doubt, delete it.
Action Fraud (opens new window) can provide further details on how to prevent phishing and other related scams to look out for.
Latest internet scams
Action Fraud and Get Safe Online are good sources of the latest internet scams being circulated – visit them regularly to keep informed.
If you can recognise the signs, you can avoid them no matter what the specific details of the scams are.
Cyber criminals will try to hack your computer/ tablet/smartphone to gain access to your systems and sensitive information in order to commit fraud and other crimes.
- Download all software and app updates when prompted – they provide security fixes as well as design changes
- Install and keep anti virus software up to date on all devices
- Use strong passwords
- Use firewalls at home and your business