18 December 2013

Top Scams To Watch Out

Scams take many forms both online internet and offline. The victims often are in distress after they have come to realization of what had happened. One of the best ways to avoid them is to use common sense. What is too obvious is most likely a deception. Trust your instincts as no one is ever there to offer huge sums of money outside official legal channels for free. Victims are often easily deceived on internet. Always make sure you delete your browser history after logging with personal details. Never save passwords on your PC. And, recycle your personal details and cards regularly. Also, an obvious way to detect an online scam is the visible mistyping and unprofessional manner in their formats. Banks will also never send out emails asking for personal details. It is always either by post, in branch, or telephone banking. If you ever become a victim, immediately report it to your credit provider or bank to stop/block all transactions. They may be able to offer you a refund after investigation as a form of customer liability on which cards are expected to maintain a level of security. Be wary of internet cafes as they can be quite insecure places. Data is a valuable asset and one needs to be also sure that they can store it in cloud knowing it will be relatively safe from prying eyes. Affiliated marketing can also be bad if the source is unsafe they can often infect one's PC. Maintain a cover on your port using a firewall and regularly update virus scans may help combat and prevent one from becoming a victim.

Often the most obvious scams:
  • Lottery Scams
  • Internet Auction Frauds
  • Nigerian Advance Fee Frauds
  • Identity Theft
  • Get Rich Schemes
  • Counterfeit Schemes
  • Credit Report Scams
  • Work at Home Scams
  • Property Investment Schemes
  • 900 Number Scams
  • You are due a refund from Inland Revenue Scams
  • Request to change details or contact Bank
  • Search and Marketing link scams
  • ATM card readers
  • Email proxy scams (sender email same as recipient)
  • Bulk email scams for promotions, request for personal details, or prizes
And, an obvious scam that link farms and tries to divert web traffic away from your site are, for example:
  • vampirestat
  • adsensewatchdog
  • 7secretsearch
  • zombiestat