01 Oct

How Not To Get Scammed Online

This is probably one of the most difficult articles I have ever had to write. This is because it is nigh on impossible to tell you how to avoid getting scammed online. Scammers have become smarter. They know that their old methods have been ‘found out’ and for that reason they have had to design new methods which will hopefully prise money from your hands. Thankfully there are a couple of ‘stupid’ scammers out there. On this page I want to talk to you about how you can avoid these scams:

• Firstly; never open any attachment in an email, particularly .ZIP and .EXE files, unless you know
exactly who sent them and that you were expecting that particular email. One of the biggest scams out
there is using these types of files to install a ‘key logger’ on your computer. This will basically
steal your passwords and other personal files whilst you remain blissfully unaware that something is
actually happening.

• You should also avoid clicking links in an email, particularly if they take you to a page that will
ask for your password. If the email appears to be genuine then you should head to that particular
website directly through your browser. If you don’t; you are running a huge risk when it comes to
having your passwords stolen.

• If something looks sketchy then it most likely is sketchy. Trust your instincts. If an email or
website is riddled with spelling and grammatical mistakes then it is hardly the most professional site
in the world. In fact; this should give you good cause to believe that a scam is about to occur.
Likewise; if you are being asked to give money in exchange for ‘information’ then you can be pretty
sure that you are dealing with scammers.

The only way in which you can avoid being scammed online is to use your common sense. You need to learn to spot when something is a little bit too good to be true. I also suggest that you undergo a virus removal every so often, preferably undertaken by a professional computer service company, to ensure that there is no software on your computer which could potentially be stealing your data.

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