How to Prevent from Falling for Online or Digital Scams

How to Prevent from Falling for Online Scams
How to Prevent from Falling for Online Scams

It’s sad to say that some people are still falling for online or digital scams in 2022. Online scams are more rampant today now that e-commerce platforms and cashless transactions are available to the public. Scammers can target anyone, including you. As a netizen, you should safeguard your information when surfing the net. 

You might think someone is not that intelligent if they fall for scams. However, scams can look realistic nowadays. People who fall victims to scams are caught off guard with stories, technologies, and products that convince people to give their details online. 

The most common online scams today

Most Common Online Scams today
Most Common Online Scams today

Phishing

Phishing is when scammers try to make you click on a link that grants them access to your email and personal information. They will make an email look legitimate as if it came from a legitimate source like Google, Facebook, and other sites. Some phishers may even take the persona of someone you trust, like your friend or colleague. 

Fake antivirus

Fake antivirus scams are mostly pop-up ads when you are browsing the web. The pop-up will say that your computer is infected with a virus. Sometimes, the pop-up tells the computer’s exact unit to make it more believable. Once you download the antivirus advertised, it will give your computer a virus, malware, or other cyber threats. 

Fast and easy money

Scam websites blatantly tell people that they can earn money online by signing up to their site. Most of the time, these sites know they can earn a week’s worth of salary by investing in their business. Most of these scams attract their victims by saying that no skill is involved in making money for them. 

Fake shopping websites

Some sites look identical to the sites of your favorite brands. These websites try to lure you through great deals and huge discounts. These fraudulent e-commerce sites aim to steal your credit card information. The URLs used in legitimate e-commerce sites differ slightly from what scammers use for theirs. 

Romance scams

Romance scammers are usually lurking in online dating apps. They will try to be compassionate and make you fall in love with them until you are vulnerable. Then, they will ask for money or credit card information because they are in a rough financial situation. These profiles are fake, and Overseas Filipino Workers are the usual victims. 

How to avoid these scams

Avoiding Digital Scams
Avoiding Digital Scams

How to avoid phishing scams

Reviewing an email or text message is the first step in identifying a phishing scam. Inconsistencies like misspelled names, grammatical errors, and unprofessional layout are always red flags. The URL will also tell you if they are using a real or fake website. Delete the email immediately if you confirm it is for a phishing scam. 

How to avoid fake antivirus scams

The best way to avoid antivirus scams is to exit pop-up ads that tell how infected your device is. Pop-up ads cannot detect viruses, but they can sure give them. The only source you should trust when detecting your viruses is the antivirus installed on your computer. 

How to avoid fast and easy money scams

Using your common sense is the only key to avoiding these scams. There is no such thing as fast and easy money that requires no skills. If a site tells you that you will be able to earn money by doing nothing, it’s a scam. Another factor you should consider is if you can search their team on 

How to avoid fake shopping websites

There are slight differences between real and fake e-commerce websites regarding URLs. Most of the time, counterfeit websites have spelling and grammatical errors, just like phishing emails. The items on a fraudulent e-commerce site are way lower than their usual price to make you purchase using your credit card. 

How to avoid Romance scams

You should never give money to someone you just met on an online dating app. Some people try to lure you into investing in fraudulent schemes. Before any transaction, make sure you meet the person in real life. When meeting a person you meet online, you should tell your family and friends who you’re going out with. 

How to identify if something is fake

Fake Ornamental Plant
Fake Ornamental Plant

How to identify fake emails

If their email is sent from a public email domain (e.g. @gmail.com), there is a chance that an email is a phishing scam. The domain name is also misspelled. Usually, it only has one spelling mistake. When you read the email, you will usually see a message that creates a sense of urgency. 

How to identify a fake dating profile

Scanning a profile image is a great way to spot fake dating profiles. You can use Google Image Search, Yandex, or TinEye to see if a profile picture is from a stock photo. If they send you links and suddenly cannot video chat, they might be a scammer. Having multiple profiles is also a red flag. 

How to identify a fake document

Fake documents usually start with a generic greeting, has poor grammar, and uses forced formal English to sound official. These documents do not state the name of the organization that sent the document. 

Protect the online safety of your home

It is important to protect your family from fraudulent individuals. If you are going to have a transaction online, make sure that it is from the legitimate website of a company. A quick Google search can easily identify which sites are real. 

For example, you can have your online appointment and booking on Camella’s website if you want to have your house and lot. You can confirm the legitimacy of the Camella website through one quick Google search. Our website also has a contact us page where you can access our address and contact details. 

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