“You are winner”
Among many types of scams, is the lottery or ‘you are winner’ scam as we discussed. The way to spot it is it involves ‘emergency’ and money deposit. Moreover, it offers to those who never applied for a price or lottery ever. Such messages usually ask for immediate deposit or urgent call in some hours. This way they create panic in a person and a sense of loss. Consequently, people get suckered when they call them or do according to their directions in no time. So, a bell must ring in your mind when you see such offer or person who asks you for emergency action.
It is another type of scam that involves an online interviewer. It usually happens when you apply for online job. Such people pretend to be from a company mostly from another (fancy country) or city and take your interview online. After a simple and general interview they ask the person to deposit money immediately through their online account as process fee for visa and ticket. They play with the emotions of usually unemployed or “longing for a fancy job” people and show them dreams of a decent job in another country. Excited and shocked interviewee, when see a person sitting in front of them online usually believes them and falls pit to treachery! Spot them when they ask you to deposit money quickly or the job offer would be lost. Do not believe their ‘seven-star luxurious’ hotel pay package and fringe benefits’ because deciding on too many benefits in the first interview online is usually not possible. Investigate about the company first, you apply for. Look closely for their email and Skype ID. Scammers usually make accounts on free websites such as Yahoo, hotmail or gmail etc. Whereas, companies have proper names and account IDs.
“You are Caught!”
Some scammers use tactics of catching you stealing a little information from your account. They may say, “You are caught for pirating a software. And you need to deposit some money for that.” Do not pay heed. These are tactics to play with peoples’ mind. They scare you to get money. Don’t deposit any money and if their threats persist, contact your local cyber authority.
“Laura wants to Add you”
One of the most harmful scam messages comes from fancy names such as Laura wants to add you. It usually happens on social media websites that out of nowhere a fancy person starts taking interest in you. He or she may send you interesting and sometimes overfriendly messages to bait. Be alert when someone is too nice to you! Such people scam through taking your account information, hacking your details, using all your photographs and run away! Or else, they may become good friends and ask you for a meet up to blackmail or bully you online afterwards.
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