In this cyber world, hackers use internet as a tool to make people a victims of Internet scams. There are many internet scams like emails which trick the user to give their financial information, pop-ups which are loaded with malware and also the social media messages which indulge the user into fake romantic relationships. Webroot team wants its user to aware about internet scams and how they can protect themselves from it. You can install and activate this security software through www.webroot.com/safe. This security software protects the user’s device and data from malware and viruses. In this blog, you will read about internet scams and how you can protect yourself from it.
What are Internet Scams?
Internet scams are when hackers use software to defraud the innocent people and trick them to take their financial information. Hackers generally trap the user through email accounts, social networking sites or dating apps just to obtain their financial or personal information. Remember, those who are using an internet-enabled device can become the victim of an internet scam.
Generally, online dating help the people to connect with their romantic partners but hackers use this method to defraud unsuspecting victims. While chatting, when the fraudster gain the trust of the victim, they ask them for money.
Remember, when you built online relationship with someone, you should ask them lot of questions. And also slowly build the relationship and do not give your financial information or money to someone.
2. Overpayment Scam:
In this, when someone look at your online advertisement and they purchase an item which you are selling. But the buyers give you more money than the purchase price, and ask you to pay back the difference before the money clears your bank account. As a result, you are out of cash and you gave all the money to scammer.
Always remember, if somebody has sends you a lot of money than the original price, then it may be a scam. You should not refund any money till the transfer is in your account. If in case, you are suspicious, then you should cancel the whole transaction and just report this issue.
3. Quick-Money Promise:
This scam begins through a phone call, LinkedIn message, or unsolicited email. In which the hackers gives the advertisement the person who need a job and offering a lot of fast cash.
In this scam, hackers basically target people who are looking for a new job or want to work from home. When you secure the job, then you are asked to fill the paperwork in which you have to provide your Social Security number, address, and bank information. But hackers will use your personal information to access your bank accounts.
Always remember when you are searching for job then you should use well-known, reputable job sites, research the employer and also just avoid to apply for the positions which looks suspicious.
Other ways which help you to protect yourself from internet scams are install a Webroot antivirus software, file a complaint, setup multi-layered security features, do not respond to scam messages, backup your data and do not trust on unsolicited phone calls or emails.