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The ins-and-outs of internet scams

Noma Kreegar, Editor in Chief

The internet can be an amazingly useful tool for nearly everyone; You have quick and unlimited access to nearly anything you’d ever need to know, long-distance communication is a breeze, and you can always Google what the weather will be like.

However, some people tend to abuse these privileges.

Internet scams have been a growing problem for the past few years. Here’s a few of the red flags you should be looking out for in order to avoid falling into these traps.

 

Congratulations! You’ve been selected for…

Many internet scams attempt to bait you into downloading viruses or releasing credit card information by claiming that you’ve won something. Whether it’s money or a free IPhone, emails with titles like these are undoubtedly scams.

 

(11) Viruses have been detected on your device!

Another common trick used by scammers is to claim that your device has been infected with viruses. These emails or pop-up ads typically recommend that you download a ‘security’ program to remove said viruses that actually leaves you with malware and spyware on your device. Don’t fall for these- Your computer is fine. If you fear that your device is infected, seek professional help.

 

GET RICH QUICK!

If you receive an email or pop-up ad that promises quick cash or financial success, steer clear. These types of scams ask you to invest in a product or program for a huge financial compensation a little later down the line. Don’t trust them- they just want your credit card information or your personal information.

 

Tips for avoiding scams:

#1. Don’t trust sketchy ads or emails

#2. Don’t release credit card information over the internet

#3. Don’t release personal information over the internet

#4. Seek professional help if you think your device is infected with a virus

#5. If it seems too good to be true, it is.

 

If you think you’ve been scammed…

Report the issue to the FBI (https://tips.fbi.gov) and take the proper steps to get your device fixed if necessary.