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Internet Scam

Internet scams come in many forms, including emails that attempt to trick you into handing out financial information, pop-ups loaded with malware, and social media messages crafted to spark fake romantic relationships. The term generally refers to someone using internet services or software to defraud or take advantage of victims, typically for financial gain.

Cybercriminals may contact potential victims through personal or work email accounts, social networking sites, dating apps, or other methods in attempts to obtain financial or other valuable personal information. The scammer wants you to think the emails are valid. They encourage you to click on the links. Those links will take you to a fraudulent website. They want you to put your personal and/or financial information at risk. It is hard to spot these scams.
Scammers copy logos to make the email look real.

Many successful internet scams have similar endings: Victims either lose their own money or fail to receive the funds the fraudster promised.

Click the play button below to watch a video example:
Click here to play the YouTube Video for this Senior Fraud Alert Scam Lesson
The first step is to identify the fraud. In the video above, were you able to hear the clues in the story and detect the Internet Scam? The next step is to prevent the scammer from victimizing you or others. If you encounter a similar situation, use these tools to protect yourself from this type of fraud.
SPOT THE SCAM
Internet Scam Clues
  • If you shop online, make sure you know refund policies and shop at places you know.
  • Your bank or financial institution will never ask you to click on a link in an email.
  • Your bank or financial institution will never call you to ask for personal or banking information
STOP THE SCAM
Internet Scam Defence
  • Never click on links, pop-ups, or buttons in an email sent to you that you didn’t ask for.
  • Check with your bank before you take any action.
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TEST YOUR DEFENCE AGAINST THE Internet Scam

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