How to protect yourself against internet scams

How to protect yourself against internet scams

Jun 16, 2021, 9:30:51 AM News

The are not many Mytrendingstories scam guides here so i decided to gather a few advices and examples of how scammers work in 2021. Extortion schemes are as old as time, but in recent years, the FBI has seen a number of scams in which the fraudster says he has photos or videos of the victim in compromising positions. Usually the victim receives an email with his or her name listed and maybe some personal details — just enough to make it seem as though the bad guy really has something on you. He demands payment, often within 48 hours, or he threatens to release the images he allegedly has of you to your friends and family.


Example: Scams With Fake Car Rental. Due to a shortage of rental cars in 2021, desperate visitors hunting for any vehicle to rent are especially vulnerable to scammers. One typical scam for 2021, according to Amy Nofziger, Director of Victim Support for the AARP Fraud Watch Network, involves criminals making fake vehicle rental company websites and then buying advertisements for their fake pages to show online for search words like “cheap car rentals.” The unknowing browser would then phone the fake customer service number on the web (which appeared to be for a legitimate vehicle rental company) and be informed that the low rate was only valid if they paid with a store-bought gift card (like an American Express gift card).


Well lately, FBI officials have been seeing a number of extortion complaints coming in through the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, and these complaints have a few new twists. The fraudster attaches a document or photo showing what, he says, is his proof. That attachment is likely loaded with malware that will infect your device if you click on it. This new scammer also threatens that he will block your access to your device and social media accounts — much like a ransomware attack — if you choose to ignore his warning. And, while bad spelling and syntax are common, these particular messages come with a distinctly English take on things. In particular, the fraudster is using common British words or phrases to describe sex acts as opposed to what you might hear more commonly in the U.S.


Example: Scams using browser cookies : Cookies are small pieces of data collected by websites to track users’ activity online in an effort to create personalized experiences in the future. While they’re often perceived as a harmless nuisance, they can, in the wrong hands, pose a security risk. That’s because, when websites store these cookies, they use a unique session ID that identifies the user in the future without requiring a password or login. Kaspersky experts have discovered two new Android malware modifications that, when combined, can steal cookies collected by the browser and app of popular social networking sites and then allow the thieves to discreetly gain control of the victim’s account in order to send various ill-intentioned content. The first Trojan acquires root rights on the victim’s device, which allows the thieves to transfer Facebook’s cookies to their own servers. Once in possession of a user’s ID, tricksters can fool the websites into thinking they are in fact the victim and take control of the latter’s account. And that’s exactly what these cookie thieves did by developing Trojans with similar coding controlled by the same command and control (C&C) server.


Here are some ways to protect yourself:


• Don’t open emails or attachments from unknown people, and don’t communicate with those who send unsolicited messages.

• Don’t store sensitive or embarrassing photos or information online or on your mobile devices.

• Use strong passwords and don’t use the same password for multiple websites.

• Never provide personal information of any sort via email. Be aware that many fraudulent emails requesting your personal information appear to be legitimate.

• Make sure you have activated the security settings for social media accounts and that they are set at the highest level of protection.

• Cover up your camera. A simple piece of colored tape or a sticky note will do the trick.


I posted this scam news article on Mytrendingstories to help people avoid being scammed. If you have any other good examples or scam prevention techniques please let me know in the comments.

Published by Bailey Edward

Written by Bailey Edward

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