Online scams continuously evolve to reveal popular actions in the news. They're successful, because a scam is not physically attacking a computer, rather fooling the user into clicking on a fake link. They use spam, malicious websites, email messages and instant messages to trick people into revealing confidential information, such as bank account username, password and credit card accounts.
According to the recent Norton Cybercrime statement, more than 868,206 New Zealanders fall victim to cybercrime in 2010, suffering $288.2 million in direct financial losses.
Scammers may utilize email to ask for personal information and direct recipients to reply through malicious websites.
Look out for scammers using emotional language, scare plans or urgent needs to entice recipients to reply.
Phishing sites can look like genuine one, because they tend to use the copyrighted pictures from genuine sites.
Memorize that fake messages are often not personalized and badly written. Think before click any offer advertisement or request any offer through mail. If it looks as genuine, it probably is.
Norton has several free and premium products that can help protect against online scams.
The Norton Snap QR Code Reader protects your mobile device from online attacks by warning you of dangerous QR codes and blocking insecure websites before they load on your device.
KEEP SAFE: Top tips to avoid an online scam:
- Install security software and keep it up-to-date.
- Change your password frequently.
- Think before you click on links or attachments particularly shortened URLs.
- Don't provide personal or financial information online.
- Educate children about online safety and support them to report anything doubtful.
- Never reply to emails or claiming to be from banks or financial organization.