Unfortunately, online scams are becoming a normal reality in our digital world. We need to understand how scams works and how should we protect ourselves.
It’s not very hard but it’s a “must-do” thing, especially if we work online from home using various Money Making Sites, Freelance Jobs, PTC Sites, Shopping Online, etc.
How Online Scams works?
Online Scams, hmm…That is the real danger for many of us who are trying to earn something online. Can we really do something to protect ourselves against scammers in this digital jungle?
I will try to provide some information to help you understand how digital scams works and how can we really defend against it.
Never click links from various emails or texts.
Instead of clicking those links, try to find the websites from those links, the long way. Shortcuts are not, always, good for you.
Emails from the Spam folder
If you receive a suspicious email in your email account, don’t delete it. You should mark that suspicious email as “Spam” and then delete it.
Next time when you will receive a similar email or another email from the same person, your inbox will recognize that email as Spam and it will treat it as it should be.
The normal reaction for almost all the emails from the “Spam” folder is the “delete” action. Be very careful when you are trying to “read” any email from the “Spam” folder.
Don’t be curious about that garbage. Delete all the emails you received from the “Spam” folder.
How do these scammers think?
The scammers are sending many emails, maybe millions of them. Their hope is that some people will respond and click on those links from the emails they sent.
They don’t need all to respond and click the links from those emails. They need only a few. This you need to understand.
This method is called phishing.
Sometimes, they will try to trick you by customizing the email and address you by name.
They will say, for example, they need to update some information and they will ask you to click a link to a website that looks almost the same with the authentic one.
You enter your information, you think it’s real because of the customization and it’s done. You became a victim.
Note: Remember it’s very easy to find your name, last name, or your address online.
Online Scams | The Real Danger for you
That is one of the reasons why you should be very careful with your private information.
If you want to be sure and you want to check to see if it’s real, just do it manually. Go to your financial institution website, log into your account manually, and then check if everything is alright.
The same situation can be applied using the phone. The same tactic can be used on the phone.
Don’t be scared, be calm and everything it’s gonna be alright. In this situation, you are allowed to be RUDE. Hang up…Every time they call, you hang up…It’s very simple.
I know there are some situations when, for example, you try to register to a new website, after you finish that operation, they send you the confirmation link in your email account but it gets in your Spam folder.
That link, in theory, you can click it. But, like always, be very careful when you are trying to register. Try to get more information about the website before you make that step.
Check the link
Try to check very carefully the link you are attempting to click. If you see spelling errors, strange characters, or if the link is too long, that link is suspicious.
Many digital criminals have learned how to copy popular, legitimate websites with the purpose to trick you and steal all your private information.
Look for the green padlock
Of course, nothing is perfect in our digital world. Digital scammers are getting more and more skilled in deceiving you.
Also, even if the website is safe by having those security signs (green padlock, HTTPS), you can not be sure 100% that the website won’t scam you.
Never share your private information like passwords or card details, your address, phone numbers, etc on a website that doesn’t have HTTPS encryption.
Check the contact information
Another thing you can do is to check if the contact and copyright information is authentic. Legitimate sites should have a phone number, a social media page, and the copyright information should be up to date.
This is very important. Try to use different passwords for the websites you are working with. Don’t use simple passwords like your name or year of birth or dog’s name, etc. You get the idea.
Use different passwords.
Making Money Online can be very dangerous if you don’t take this seriously.
Don’t make the job easier for the scammers. Be smart.
Don’t save your passwords in your browser. Maybe keeping a book for the passwords or some other private information it’s not such a bad idea.
Online Shopping | Avoid Online Scams
Be careful when you see promotional offers on various sites. Is that offer real or perhaps they want to steal your private information like your card details?
This is a question you need to start asking yourself. Of course, there are some trusted websites with a long positive history behind them where your card details, for example, are safe to use.
Just look for more information before you make that step and want to buy something online.
I hope this information can help you be more secure when you are online.
These are some of the advice for you to better protect yourself. If you have been in similar situations, please share with us your experiences.
Stay safe and healthy.
Thank you for reading.