Fraudsters extort information and money, while about 90% of users do not even notice the obvious virtual trap. Ten golden tips to protect internet users from fraud.
One of the problems with which the use of the World Wide Web is inevitably associated today is phishing. The concept that has come into our language under the name "e-dolandırıcılık" ("electronic fraud") involves the conduct of fraud through e-mail. Virtual fraudsters who gain access to random users via e-mail use various tricks to extract information about credit cards, bank or virtual accounts from their victims. Electronic fraud is carried out mainly through fake banks or phishing pages created for criminal purposes.
American antivirus software developer Intel Security points out that virtual fraudsters use marketing and sales techniques used in the real economy to steal confidential data. According to the company, two-thirds of all global e-mail traffic is spam, with the help of which fraudsters extort information and money, while about 90% of users do not even notice the obvious virtual trap. The company reports that as of 2015, the damage from cybercrimes worldwide reached $ 445 billion. Although the virtual thieves have achieved professionalism in convincing their victims, their traps can be recognized. Here are ten golden tips that can protect Internet users from fraud.
Often phishing emails or messages sent by virtual scammers promise monetary rewards for clicking on a specified link or entering user information. If an offer is made so good to you in a message that you find it difficult to believe in it, most likely it is not real.
If the message sent to you stipulates some "deadlines" for the implementation of certain actions, do not rush to trust it. Virtual scammers try to manipulate subscribers by creating a sense of urgency and excitement in them.
People are naturally curious. Virtual scammers strive to take advantage of this quality of ours by sending messages that promise to show something exciting or taboo.
Another common tactic of virtual scammers is to scare subscribers. You should be especially suspicious of emails that threaten you with fines or negative consequences for your actions.
If the signature at the end of a message you receive is unremarkable, or completely inconsistent with corporate protocol, this may be a clear sign that something is wrong.
Beware of messages where the sender's address does not match his name.
Language of the message
We are used to the way our colleagues and friends talk to us. If the language or style of the message seems strange to you, you should take extra care.
If a letter from an unknown sender contains an attachment, or you are not expecting a letter with an attachment, then carefully check the entire letter before opening it.
Remember that privacy hunters create pages that are similar to the home pages of the sites you usually visit, and try to trick your user data, passwords.
By hovering the mouse cursor over the link indicated in the letter, check if the pop-up address matches what is stated in the text of the letter. If not, then don't click on this link.
When you sense that something is amiss, act. Report all suspicious letters and telephone messages to the security authorities.