How you can avoid online scams

Identity theft, bank account frauds, false charities or prizes are only a few types of frauds which can be met on the internet and which turn ordinary people into victims. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect ourselves against this worrying phenomenon and the first thing to do is to pay attention to any suspicious link or email and not get fooled by the imaginary sums of money promised to you. In case you have been a victim of an online scam, you should ask for legal advice from a criminal lawyer specialized in cyber crime cases.

Mark as spam any suspicious email that asks for money

Hackers have no limits when it comes to gathering personal information, bank account details and so on. Unfortunately, many people get trapped by all sorts of scams, leaving them with empty bank accounts and no ways to recover the stolen money. As an example in this sense, one can receive an email requesting charity money with the help of a false bank account which can be accessed from the email. 

Such a link can be nothing but a virus or programme meant to access your computer and steal your personal information. Even if you are almost convinced that it is a desperate case, do not get yourself fouled and verify if the information is correct, if the official webpage of the charity exists, if there are testimonies displayed there or if the contact details are real. It is highly recommended to avoid offering your personal data on the internet or click any suspicious link. You can report as spam this kind of email and protect yourself against online frauds.

Avoid being a victim of identity theft

Identity theft occurs when hackers access the private data of a person to use it for online payments, duplicate credit cards and all sorts of related frauds. This private information is, unfortunately, stolen with the help of emails requesting personal details. Even passports and ID cards are used for varied online frauds if stolen from a hacked database. Regrettably, victims of identity theft do not observe something is wrong until it’s too late and when unauthorized payments have already been made. Instead of being in this unwanted situation, it is recommended to have a clear picture of the protection methods to be used on the internet. For instance, you should not offer your bank account details on the internet, whether on email or on websites that seem suspicious or unofficial. 

Avoiding online scams can be done by reporting as spam any mistrustful email or website and staying away from false prize money, charities or gift cards. No one can have better care of personal money instead of us, so having a clear picture of what can happen on the internet might help us stay away from online frauds.

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