Most online threats do not focus on a person’s physical well being but instead involve financial crimes of a threat of identity theft. The latest threats to being safe online most often include a scam artist trying to con money out of innocent Web users. One of the most commonly used threats today involves the ATM email scam.
This scam involves an innocent Web user getting an email that appears to be from their financial institution or bank, informing them of a phishing scam which has deactivated their ATM card due to the scam.
The person who gets this email is instructed to call a particular number where they’re then asked for personal banking information, such as their own personal ATM card number, their ATM card expiration date and their ATM PIN number.
This scam has pulled in thousands of Web users because the email looks legitimate and the phone call makes it seem to be much more legit. However, banking experts reveal that banks hardly ever request any personal information via phone and people who is asked of this information should be concerned and report the suspicious activity.
With the unemployment rates still at a record high, some online scam artists are targeting those who are desperate for employment. You will find an incredible number of individuals looking at online job boards everyday, hoping for a work opportunity.
Thus, scam artists are starting to use these job boards to help them sway people into giving them money. A very common scam involves the job seeker sending $19.95 to the employer to receive a manual teaching them how to do online ad processing.
When they pay and get the manual, they then realize the manual only tells them how for making money doing the exact same thing they just fell for.
It’s actually a scam teaching others how to scam other individuals looking for work. The whole process is horrendous and thousands of people are falling for it each day, unfortunately. Remember, legitimate job offers do not require you to pay for anything to start.
Bing is getting rave reviews from users and industry experts. The problem is, many online scam artists have figured out how to use their innovative search engine advertising program to post malicious pharmaceutical advertisements. In fact, up to 90% of the Bing pharmacy ads are malicious, as reported by KnuiOn and LegitScript.
Thus, this can cause a terrible scam possibility for users. The ad scams of the past were once simple enough to recognize but today’s graphic designers are becoming more and more hip to what consumers are looking for and are producing more professional looking ads to fool even the pickiest online consumer.
Like your mother likely told you, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is and the same thing goes for ads. Protect your self by only buying things online from companies you know and trust. Before buying with a company you aren’t familiar with, it’s best to try to conduct a Google search on them to see what you find out.