The feds say more than one thousand individuals registered complaints about identification fraud last year 2011 — many of them, falling sufferer on the internet. Here is a look at some of the newest high-tech frauds and how to keep them at bay.
Scammers win by appearing legit
“You get a call from someone that is supposedly from Dell or Microsoft caution you that their security system has slightly recognized a problem with your computer,” says Jeff Blyskal, senior editor with Consumer Reviews. “Can they help you eliminate the virus?”Blyskal says they’ll then install a phony spyware-finder on your PC, and charge you, of course.
Then, there are below-cost iPads and other equipment to bid on. Hand over your number, like his staffer.
“That deal triggered her to be decided upon this bidding service for $9.99/month that was charged to her mobile bill,” he says.
That’s called ‘cramming.’ In addition, there's Facebook or myspace ‘click-jacking’ — posts that attract with guarantees of free lattes or disclosing that is verifying your information in exchange for submitting a study or visiting a link that causes a computer infection. It's known as Facebook scam.
“You should hang up on anyone who tries to offer, give, or help you with anything,” Blyskal alerts. “And hang up significance whether they come to you via written text, e-mail, phone, or at your home.” The Oct 2012 problem of Customer Reviews journal information more Internet-based frauds, and how to keep from getting used.