It’s amazing how creative many of the hackers, scammers and thieves (Oh My!) are. What’s even more amazing are the number of people who keep falling for these scams. What ‘appears’ to be a legitimate warning is actually a scam in disguise – a wolf on sheep’s clothing. Here are some examples from an article recently published by Malwarebytes that goes into techie, geeky detail if you so choose. In just a couple of simple steps, I can show you how to spot a fraud right away without having to learn programming.
How To Spot A Fake In 3 Easy Steps
1: It’s a pop-up. Never trust an unnamed pop-up with generic “Call customer service’ wording, for example.
2: It contains obvious spelling errors. When’s the last time your worried about a site containing Mall Wear? What – spandex and white tennis shoes? I’d love a warning for that. Instead, you should be worried about ‘malware’.
3: It’s a toll-free number with a new prefix (e.g. 844). A quick search on that number showed it has been used before for other scams.
In case you want to hear how actual scam calls sound like, check out this page. I recorded the Microsoft Technical Support (even though I have a Mac) and IRS scams (the IRS NEVER calls taxpayers). If you want to lear more, visit my 2015 [Interactive] Holiday Guide to Identity Security. Until then – don’t fall for the banana in the tailpipe.