Other Types of Scams
At CryptoScamBrokers, we focus heavily on broker fraud and crypto schemes. However, we have expertise at tracking and assisting customers with other types of scams. Although Crypto schemes top the list as the fastest growing category of online scams, other varieties still rob consumers of their savings.
Phishing is a very large category of fraud, and it is more a method than a specific type of scam. Phishing involves someone posing as someone else to get sensitive information from people. The phishing can take place on the phone, through social media messaging, Whatsapp or email. Phishing is often used in the following types of scams:
Anyone who has heard of The Tinder Swindler is familiar with romance scams. Someone assumes a fake identity and pursues an online relationship with people they meet on social media. Sooner or later, they will ask for money under some pretext (because they usually represent themselves as wealthy). Perhaps they can’t access their account due to security reasons or in the case of the Tinder Swindler, their “enemies are after them.” They may take more and more money from their victims or disappear soon after the first request.
Fake Data Verification
You may have received an email purportedly from your bank or Paypal asking you to verify your information. The email may use the logo and look identical to communications with the company. However, people who click on the given link will be sent to another site and will enter in their social security number, bank and credit card details. This kind of phishing scam is also often done by phone.
Some job sites or social media pages are entirely fake and are dedicated to employment scams. They get basic information about someone by asking them to send their resume. Once they have a phone number and email, they can then hold fake telephone job interviews, tell the person they are hired and ask for payment details to send to the person in charge of payroll. Instead, they use the information to rob the person. This is a particularly cruel type of scam because it targets people who are unemployed.
Fake Anti-Virus Software
Most people are justifiably worried about hacking and virus attacks. These concerns are exploited by those who peddle fake antivirus software. They will send a false alert to someone that they are the target of a computer virus. This is usually in the form of a pop-up message that directs the recipient to download antivirus software immediately.
Instead, they end up downloading malware on their computer. The best way to avoid this scam is to be wary of pop-up messages and do not click on strange links. To update your software, visit the website.
Shopping Websites Scams and Formjacking
There are many fake merchant websites that simply take your money or without sending you what you ordered. In addition, hackers often attack reputable merchants and cause customers to enter credit card data on pages not belonging to the merchant. This is called formjacking
To stay safe from this scam, always check the URL of the legitimate e-commerce website you use. Also, take care that before you enter sensitive payment information the URL is the same as the site you intended to send money to. These are subtle details but they could make the difference between losing money and data to a scam and staying safe.
Tech Support Fraud
These schemes begin when someone is contacted and told that their device is not working well. They are told to download software that will allow “tech support” to access their device remotely. However, this is simply a scammer who will not repair their device, but will take their money.
What is particularly distressing is how often this happens in work environments. Someone is contacted by someone who claims to be from IT and wants to fix their device. Instead, the company gets hacked.
To stay safe from these scams, be aware that a company will not contact you to say your device isn’t working. It almost always works the other way around. Although IT people in companies do sometimes look at devices, you should always confirm that this person is with the company and check all emails, phone numbers and identities.
If you have lost money or data to any of these scams, talk to CryptoScamBrokers immediately.
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