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Internet services and websites make it easy for us to pay bills, shop, make online reservations and even work. Criminal minds can reach these days further than before, into our private lives, our homes and work offices. Attack methods and tools vary from traditional attack vectors, which use malicious software and vulnerabilities present in almost all the programs and apps (even in the popular Windows operating systems), to ingenious phishing scams deployed from unexpected regions of the world, where justice can’t easily reach out to catch the eventual perpetrators.
And you can do any of these actions from any place in the world. The most common ways for you to become vulnerable to a malware attack or phishing scam usually happen when you: For this reason, we need to know what are the most popular schemes and techniques used by cyber criminals in order to obtain our private information and financial data.
Old boundaries and human limitations were dropped, in order for us to have access to almost any information. We must not forget their final target is always our money and there is nothing they won’t do to accomplish their mission.
This way, they’ll persuade you to click on the links contained by their messages and access a website that looks legit, looks like the real one, but it’s actually controlled by them.
You will be sent to a fake login access page that resembles the real website.
Cyber criminals will send you messages and try to trick you into giving them your login credentials – from your bank account, social network, work account, cloud storage or any other personal data that can prove to be valuable for them.
In order to do that, the phishing emails will seem to come from an official source – it can be bank authorities or other financial institutes, but also delivery companies or social networks representatives.
Here’s a complete guide on how to detect and prevent phishing attacks – filled with screenshots and actionable tips.
In the end, you are left broke and without any of the promised money.
There were also cases where not only money was lost in the scam, but people were kidnapped or even worse.
According to Borke Obada-Obieh, a graduate student in computer science at Carleton University studying security precautions taken by online daters, Canada is ranked the 7th country most susceptible to online dating scams. According to Obada-Obieh’s findings, scammers reach out to people of all ages, but their targets seem to skew female.
“Desire to find an emotional connection with someone could make (dating site users) easily vulnerable to scamming,” she says. Wende Wood, 47, has been approached by would-be online dating scammers at least five times.