Friday, November 12, 2010

Women most likely to fall for internet scam

According to new research women aged between 25 and 34 is the most likely group to fall victim of online scams. The findings come from an experiment conducted with 2,000 online consumers which measures the skill to respond to online scam scenarios.

Even confident web users can also be vulnerable. The tests ranged from fake social network pages to competition scams. Women were most likely to fail the test and men were most likely to fall for confidence trick scams.

Scams succeed because they ''look like the real thing and they always used to push your buttons'. Scams come in many forms a knock on your door, through the post, a call on your phone, a text message on your mobile, via email and over the internet.

The top five scams are:
  • Internet purchases
  • Bogus prizes
  • Counterfeit cheques
  • Relationship websites
  • Dodgy loans

Once you know you have been scammed, it's more important to bait scam, act quickly and report it to authorities for further action. Be aware of the scammers, use good judgment and always remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true.

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