No one is safe from online scammers. But no matter who the victim is or how sophisticated the scam is, there is always a way to recognize the scam before it’s too late. Kaspersky Lab experts reveal five common signs of online fraud to help you avoid danger.
Fraudsters often play the card of greed or fear. In the first case, they promise the potential victim something free or valuable. Others include intimidation, such as threatening to send a video of a victim watching porn to all her contacts, or threatening a smaller company to ruin her website’s reputation by sending offensive messages to millions of people or unsolicited emails promising a non-existent reward. In both cases, cybercriminals are trying to “catch the victim quickly”, so that he does not manage to react rationally. If after reading the email the cheater feels that you are inclined to do exactly what the sender asks for (click on the link, send money, call the number, etc.), that should be a warning sign to you. So always read the message again. You will most likely see it as it is.
Don’t rush. If you limit people in time, they can lose the power of critical thinking. In that case, the rush only increases the problem. Fraudsters use this by leaving potential victims short deadlines. If the message says you only have a few days, hours or even minutes to pick up the prize or buy something you wanted before it sold out, it’s probably a scam.
Obvious errors in the message are another warning signal. Emails can be intentionally typed with errors or numbers that replace similar letters, in order to trick spam filters. In some cases, the sender is just not literate enough, which is not uncommon if a scam is your occupation. Whatever the reason for the mistakes, the promise of “0million dollars” is a sure sign of danger.
When a potential victim goes to a fake website from an email or message, scammers usually try to lure her in and keep her on the site with a series of simple tasks. This can include a short survey or, for example, choosing one of the boxes that supposedly hide prizes. Very often, the victim is referred to a database search (for example, to check if she has received a reward) or asked to fill out a form. Victims are sometimes invited to read fake reviews or comments from “previous winners”. Regardless of the details, the goal is clear: to make a potential victim invest some time and effort and stay on the site for a while, because the more effort they put in, the less likely they are to close the page when payment is requested, which will certainly happen.
Another favorite trick of fraudsters is to demand a small fee to verify the card or pay for registration. Without it, it will reportedly not be possible to get the promised reward. The amount requested is usually quite small and insignificant in relation to the reward, and fraudsters often promise that the bet will be returned later. This fee is the first thing that fraudsters will steal. There will be no rewards, and in addition to losing money, payment card information will end up in the hands of fraudsters.
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