Online scams aren’t just petty crimes that can be ignored. These Web crimes continue to plague the lives of regular citizens and businesses around the world today. Many victims have ended up with ruined relationships, damaged reputations, huge debts and severely dented credit scores.
Many businesses have suffered great losses because of online scams. Many of them continue to rack up huge debts and lose the ability to process credit cards online and accept other forms of payment. This has resulted in some businesses filing for bankruptcy, which also affects the lives of their employees and their families.
This is why you should be vigilant during your day-to-day activities on the Web, or even offline since you most likely use digital tools for your daily needs. Remember, online scams aren’t just limited to criminals being able to access your devices that are connected to the Internet. Many crooks can insert malicious codes into the software tools that you use offline, which can then track and transmit all your inputs and activities in your devices.
A lot of fraudsters have also been reported to call and send physical mail to unsuspecting users for carrying out their illegal activities. They use social manipulation tactics, fraudulent schemes, fake urgency claims and the like to lure their target victims into their online scams. They do this by convincing their intended victims to fill out some forms on the Web, which they use to steal the unsuspecting user’s personal details, private information and sensitive data. They then use these pieces of sensitive information for their other illegal activities online and offline.
So, how exactly can you safely avoid falling for the most prevalent online scams today? For one thing, you should know about the latest Web crimes and Internet scams at the moment. This can allow you to learn about the specific tactics and schemes that could most likely be used by a lot of crooks and organized crime syndicates for performing similar Web scams and online crimes.
This can enable you to quickly recognize potential online scams, even before you’re too close to fall for those Web crimes. You’ll then be able to safely steer clear from those fraudulent Internet schemes.
To help you out – Found below are the most prevalent online scams this year, according to many cyber security specialists and online privacy experts around the world. These are also based on the most recent scam complaints and Web crime reports that were recently posted in online communities like BigScammers.Com, which are dedicated to fighting cyber fraud and providing helpful resources to users like you.
Common Online Scams This Year
- Internet Dating Fraud – These are extortion scams that are done by fraudsters who pose as legitimate users of popular online dating sites and apps. For the past few years, these online scams have victimized a lot of users, normally middle-aged men and women (a lot are married) in the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK and others.
Scammers lure their target victims into intimate conversations through the private messaging tools of popular social media sites like Facebook. Some have reported to convince their intended victims to use Skype and WhatsApp for these intimate conversations. Since these online scams are really extortion schemes, what the fraudster does is record and take screenshots of their intimate conversations.
Afterwards, the scammer demands a hefty sum of money in exchange for not posting the recordings and screenshots all over the Web, or worse, sending it over to the victim’s spouse, children, employers and friends. Many unsuspecting users of heavily trafficked dating sites and apps ended up with ruined relationships with their loved ones after falling for these online scams (even if they complied with the demands of the fraudster).
- Phishing Fraud – These online scams are performed through the transmission of messages that are integrated with fake urgency claims and scare rhetoric. For example, a lot of Netflix users in the USA received phishing emails at the beginning of the year. They were convinced to log into their sites and update their personal details along with their financial information, in order to secure their accounts against possible security breaches that were supposedly reported by other users.
What unsuspecting victims didn’t know is that, just like other online scams involving fake messages – These messages were from spoofed Netflix admin email addresses. On the other hand, the links in these emails pointed to fake sites that look exactly like the Netflix platform.
Since these online scams are mainly designed to trick users into unknowingly giving away their private details and financial information – All inputs from users in these fake sites were logged and transmitted to the operators of this fraudulent Web scheme. Many users reported unauthorized transactions in their account statements several days or so after falling for this phishing trick. This simply means the fraudsters used their stolen financial information, or sold it to the highest bidder (read: other criminals) in the Dark Web.
- Bogus Job Offers – These online scams continue to plague users of LinkedIn among other online professional social networks and classified ad sites. These are designed to trick unsuspecting job seekers on the Internet to unknowingly give away their personal details, sensitive information and confidential credentials. Their stolen details are then used for other illegal activities (online and offline).
Fraudsters send out direct messages and post job ads in large groups at LinkedIn and popular classified ad sites. These contain links that point to online forms that should supposedly be filled out by job seekers. Other scammers even request for scanned copies or photographs of identity documents, such as driver’s licenses and the like. Once unsuspecting users comply with the demands of these job ads, their personal details and documents are stolen and used for other offline and online scams.
To keep yourself up-to-date with the latest online scams, along with the specific tactics and schemes that are used by fraudsters at the moment for carrying out the most prevalent forms of Internet fraud today – You should consider signing up at BigScammers.com. By doing this, you’ll receive instant alerts straight to your email inbox. This can allow you to better prepare in defending yourself against the newest types of cyber fraud out there.