How to avoid online scams

[cs_section style=”margin: 0px; padding: 15px 0px; “][cs_row style=”margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; ” inner_container=”true”][cs_column style=”padding: 0px; ” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″][cs_text]With news of big online scams and hacks from worldwide companies including Sony and TalkTalk hitting the headlines almost daily nowadays, keeping an eye out for fraudulent emails and opportunities for cyber criminals is something that should be on your mind every time you browse the internet or check your emails. It’s only too easy to be caught out by these schemes which are becoming more and more sophisticated as time goes on, even the most web savvy users can be tricked from time to time if they’re not being aware of what they’re clicking.

As this infographic produced by Data Label explores, cyber criminals can easily find ways to exploit weaknesses in your system using malicious servers that hide behind email addresses and names that are familiar to you, searching your email account for details that will help them access your personal information and abuse it.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section class=”center-text ” style=”margin: 0px; padding: 15px 0px; “][cs_row style=”margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; ” inner_container=”true”][cs_column style=”padding: 0px; ” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″][x_raw_content]
Online Scams & How To Avoid Them[/x_raw_content][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section style=”margin: 0px; padding: 15px 0px; “][cs_row style=”margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; ” inner_container=”true”][cs_column style=”padding: 0px; ” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″][cs_text]Here are a few tips as outlined in the graphic that can help you avoid online scams via email:

  • An early signal may be poor spelling or grammar, both in the message itself and the sender’s address. Unfortunately, many scammers now simply copy and paste authentic email messages, hiding their malicious links within.
  • If you’re unsure of the content of an email or an attachment, do not click it. Even if the sender and message seem legitimate, think before clicking.
  • Remember that a bank will NEVER ask you for your PIN number, password or personal information via email. Call the company if you receive an email that you don’t trust.
  • Have a spam filter on your emails to catch anything before it reaches your inbox and ensure your browser and antivirus software are up to date so they can warn you of any malicious links.
  • If you’ve already given away personal information and been caught out by a scam, contact the company and report the scam immediately.

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