Signs of internet fraud
March 17, 2020
How it works: The most common fraud arrives by email, claiming to be from your bank, credit card company, or some other service you frequent. It usually asks you to send your account details, and sometimes your PIN, either by return email or through a website. Various tricks are used to lower your guard, such as 'security and maintenance upgrades,' 'investigation of irregularities,' or 'bills/charges due.'
Fraudsters typically scan the Internet for email addresses or generate them at random. They don't need an online service provider's mailing lists. Some may send just a few dozen emails while others send thousands. Even if only a few unsuspecting people bite, it can be worth the effort to break into their accounts.
Safety checks to avoid fraud:
- Check official websites for announcements.
- Use only secure sites for keying in financial or personal information.
- Take common sense privacy precautions, such as avoiding unknown emails.
- Only use your PIN through the official log-in site offered by your provider.
- inancial transactions at internet cafes and libraries.
- Act quickly if you think you've been conned. If you get a suspicious email, tell your service provider.
- Never give details over the phone if you suspect the caller may not be who they say they are, ask for a number to call them back on.
If you have sent any details through an email or website that you're a bit worried about, contact your bank, credit card company or service provider right away!