There are a lot of internet companies that earn billions of dollars in revenue. These companies are set up by smart folks with expertise in Information Technology. The founders of Internet organizations have a net worth of over million dollars and many people get attracted to their success stories.
Some people try to imitate famous figures, and they get attracted to online scams. Many people get fooled daily on the Internet own because of their negligence or greed to earn money quickly without hard work.
List of online scams and Internet frauds
Did you get an email which claims that you’ve won a million dollar lottery? Or you’ll inherit the property of a deceased person who used to stay in the United States or Europe? Such emails will request users to reply with their bank account details, credit/debit card number, home/office address, phone number, etc.
The internet scammer will use your information to steal your money. Google Mail is smart enough to filter such emails. However, not all companies have as sophisticated and powerful spam detection systems as that of Google or Microsoft.
If you don’t use email service of a reputed company, make sure that you don’t reply to spam. Note down the email id of the sender of the spammer and block it using the filter tool of your email account.
Dating and romance scams
There are 1000s of dating sites, and most of them claim to be genuine. You should not trust a person online by his/her internet profile. Most users make that their online profiles look attractive by adding fake degrees, addresses and occupation.
If you’re using random chat sites, don’t share your personal details or photographs with any user. If you own a cable or DTH connection, watch the web of the lies program on the ID channel to know real life cases of online romance scams.
Many people become a victim of hacked accounts because they trust every of their ignorance and negligence. For example, a hacker will deploy a login script on his own domain example.com, and he’ll send the URL to the victim via an email or a message on social networking site.
If the victim opens this link and enters his/her login credentials without checking the website address, his login details will be saved to the hacker’s database, and the user will loose his/account if the login data of original account is modified.
Make sure that you ignore URLs that look suspicious. Apart from being hacked, your computer might also be harvested with a virus or a malware through the URL. For online safety, install an Internet security software.
You can earn 1000 dollars daily or weekly only after several years of hard work or if you inherit the family business. Sometimes, you’ll see employment opportunities on a classified site or in newspapers claiming that a person can quickly earn 1000s of dollars if they work from home. Don’t trust such advertisements and waste your time. Focus on your current job and work harder. There’s no shortcut to success.
People try to sell fake and useless products to lose weight, improve height, reduce blood glucose levels, etc. A person suffering from health problem will find the product features attractive and he’ll buy it.
What to do if you’re a victim of an online scam?
If a transaction has been made from your bank account, contact the main branch of your bank immediately and explain them the issue. If your online account is hacked, communicate with the website administrator or the company.
If the account is restored, change login details immediately and remove all suspicious fake profiles from your friend list. You can also seek help from the local police or cyber crime cell.
Some useful tips for online safety
- Before you make a payment, check that the site uses HTTPS protocol.
- Don’t click on URLs that you’re not familiar with. (When you hover your mouse on the URL, the browser will display the full address in the status bar).
- Don’t save website passwords in text or document files on your PC (use a tool like LastPass).
- Never save bank passwords and login details online or offline. Remember them!
- Don’t try to cheat people. 95% of the websites that you visit maintains the IP addresses of users. Thus, you’re easily traceable. [image source]