It can be funny to hear that a single click online could get you into a serious trouble. Lol, you may wonder if that is really possible. Real cases of PayPal spam scam have been reported caused by clicking links in spam disguising to be authentic
Some victims of this scam ended up committing suicide due to the amount they are being duped of.The major reason I would like to create aware for everybody that may be chanced to get this message, is that Information is power, because once you are aware you can never be a victim.
- Messages from banks or a reputable organization that seems threatening: be aware that no standard organization will ever send message or mail requesting for your account info. I have received such messages in the past like prompting me to confirm my bank verification number to avoid deactivation. One strange thing I noticed on the site I was redirected to after clicking the link was that it looks unprofessional and moreover the link seems suspicious. I was prompted to prove my authentication by inserting my card number, CVV and expiry data. At this point I now realize that this is a spam. I stopped filling the form and blacklisted the mail address.
- Pop up message notifying you to update any software on any site: this is now the most common and still in use way of mining and stealing people’s data. If you visit any website and see any sticky message that your software is outdated or CPU is slow shun them they are scammers wanting you to download virus. Once you download this shit, you are now under their control.
- Downloading from non standard software distributors: I really don’t know why most people never download the original software version even though it is free. All android users are adviced to always use play store instead of some other untrusted source. One thing most phone users don’t know is that software can be cloned, modified and patched by third party without the real owner knowing. Such applications can be compiled with virus, bug etc added. As we all know virus can steal data.
- Links to untrusted sites even if they have https certificate: we were told a big lie that once you see the https: and the padlock logo a site is safe to use even for payment. Https are used to ensure that data are not leaked and tampered with between you and the server by bad guys. Https helps in encrypting all the data sent to and fro. Once all the datas are delivered neatly the receiver at the other end may use it the way he or she wants. Now assuming the credit card data wasn’t tampered with by bad guys, can you trust the website management with your details they have received because they may retrieve it from their database anytime.
- Links to porn sites: porn site are number one distributor of malware on the net today. Watching video online with another thing been downloaded in the background without you knowing is the most effective technique they use. By the time you would have finished watching the video the malware is already set in position and Start launching attack from background.
- Giving apps special permission: am very happy that the latest version of smartphones gives you the opportunity to select what permission is given to any application. Before you can give any application the permission to be your device administrator, you must have trusted the application for a long time. You should also be wise when giving application permissions to know your location, record audio, use internet or run in background. Some permission also seem unnecessary and useless e.g a book app asking for permission to record audio should be shun because your speech may be hijacked on the go!
- Opening email with strange offers: emails with heading like ” win $30,000 Euro from our monthly raffle draw” is a common way of sending bogus and malicious attachment. Once this mail are opened you may notice some attachment disguising to be in PDF format. If this attachments are opened they may infect your computer which may lead to lose of data.
- Link shared from an account seemed to be hacked: a large percentage of facebook accounts are hacked using phishing. This hackers make friends and friends of friend of their victim to believe the link is coming from their friend. Once you click this link the page may disguise to be like a Facebook or any other trusted entity asking you to re-login don’t fall a victim be wise. Once you popped in your password you are hacked! To validate if a link is genuine make sure it is the official website of the organization with no extra word added e.g paypai instead of PayPal is attempt to steal data.
- Link not starting with a http, https or a sub-domain e.g (www): the most recently method used in stealing gmail password is hacker sending a link capable of cloning gmail. To identify this dangerous link they always start with data:text/html instead of http. e g seeing data:text/html,www.google.com instead of https://www.google.com is also an attempt to steal password and personal information. See how I cloned Angry cheat below.
- Buying online with a card loaded with cash: never buy stuff online with a credit card that has a great amount of cash in it. The main reason is that the website you are buying from may be 100% trusted but their website may compromised by bad guys. This will help you reduce the amount of money you are capable of loosing assuming the card is loaded with cash.
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