Every scammer has its unique knack of trapping their victims. Yet there are some basic factors which are common in all the scammers. One needs to be very cautious in noticing those and acting accordingly.
Most common traits of a scammer:
- They will contact you unexpectedly claiming from a company or a person you have never heard of, especially from the U.S, U.K, Canada and Western Europe.
- The only contact details they provide is their email address, phone number and post-office box address.
- They are from non-educational background which makes their English a laughable matter.
- Incomplete and rambling sentences with bad grammar, misspellings and wrong references are used by poorly trained and inexperienced scammers.
- They will repeatedly ask many personal questions.
- They will mostly try to gain your sympathy by cooking up sad stories, like say, a widower raising a kid alone, a heart-broken lover recovering from love failure, etc.
- You will be asked to exchange email ids in few messages to avoid getting caught from the security of dating sites.
- Scammers on dating sites will try to trick you by saying that they have fallen in love with you.
- Gets too desperate for a relationship, send love letters and marriage proposals very often.
- They will plead you to assist them by sending funds for an operation or other administration stuffs or for their coaching classes.
- For verification purpose, they even forge official documents and send a copy to your email address.
- The fraudster will force you to make a quick decision based on a build up situation to transfer money to their account.
Speaking of their victims, there is no particular age group they usually target on. Cheaters are increasingly making attempts to lure young people – from adolescents to college students. Reason being, they do not take necessary precautions to protect themselves while using a computer or smart phone. Elderly people become victims due to ignorance to their ways of tricking them into handing over personal and financial information.
Here are some of the most common traits of a victim:
- People, who lack self-control, self-confidence and are easily persuaded by any third person fall for such scams.
- People, who do not indulge themselves in carrying out any background checks, ask questions or verify with BBB before entering into a contract or handling over your money.
- People, who do not follow strong password protection methods for their various accounts and documents, are targeted by the fraudsters.
- In many instances, people who are most susceptible by threatening phone calls, fake lotteries from unknown sources, fake sweepstakes and investment scams are hunted by the cheaters.
- Many get excited by fake advertisement pop-ups and instantly click on the link or even in some situations download a corrupted file in the link. They can even acquire your personal information just by making you open their mails and sign up for trial offers.
Steps to be taken to protect yourself from getting duped:
- On receiving any mails or phone calls from uninvited contacts, always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam. Be alert to the concept of scam and its methods.
- Incorporate the habit of setting different passwords for various accounts that contain sensitive information. This will help you to keep your information secure.
- Avoid too-good-to-be-true category popup windows and suspicious mails from unknown sources.
- The biggest mistake one does while entering into any deal is to overlook the terms and conditions section of the contract. Never sign up for a contract without having an in-depth knowledge about the terms and conditions of the contract.
- Never send your credit card details or account information to people whom you don’t know. They may try to convince you by being polite and generous. But do not send any money unless you are confirmed that he can be trusted.
- Try to get into the details of the reasons they are giving to get money from you. If it is for an operation, get to know about the hospital where they will be operated, the doctor, etc.
- Browse the web for further details about the person who you are dealing with.
- Avoid chatting offline and use the services of the website where you first met that person.
- Be realistic and do not believe on offers or deals straight away; tell the person you are not interested or that you want to seek expert’s advice before making a decision.
- Be careful when you shop online especially when using virtual currencies like bitcoins.
In case of suspicion, get help from your country’s online crime agencies or report to us by submitting the scammer’s profile.
The world’s most prevalent social network said that to date, it has acquired lawful judgments of about $2 billion against deceitful exercises on Facebook.
Facebook’s moves seemed to counter worries that clients — including government officials and organizations offering items — are purchasing “likes” to make them seem more prevalent. Furthermore it is focusing on a house industry which looks to convey these results to Facebook parts, regularly guaranteeing “10,000 likes” or more for a charge.
“We compose manages and utilization machine figuring out how to get suspicious conduct that sticks out. When we get deceitful movement, we work to counter and anticipate it, including blocking records and removing fake likes at the same time,” Facebook webpage uprightness engineer Matt Jones said in a blog entry.
“As our devices have gotten to be more advanced, we’ve helped some of our spam-battling innovation to the scholarly group too, with expectations of helping different organizations battle comparative issues.”
Jones said that Facebook if important takes the spammers to court “to remind would-be guilty parties that we will battle again to anticipate ill-use on our platform. We like wise utmost likes for every record to make spammers‘ operations less proficient.”
Jones said the moves are gone for saving realness on the system of more than one billion parts. Facebook utilizes different systems including calculations to catch when there is a suspicious spike in “likes.”
“It’s critical to recall that fake movement is awful for everybody — including page managers, promoters, Facebook and individuals on our stage,” he said.
“We have a strong incentive to forcefully pursue the terrible performing artists behind fake likes in light of the fact that organizations and individuals who utilize our platform need real connections and results not fake.”
Report a Scam
A fraudulent scam has been noticed in a town named Okotoks in Canada. The residents are being contacted through a lawyer stating that they have won a lottery. The scammer first conveys the victim to pay some tax for winning prizes. Scammer claims that once the tax amount has been reached to them than the prize scheme will be processed. All you need to do is double check with this kind of scam calls or mail.
They may convince the victim to pay amount either via money transaction in western union bank etc. The main thing to know about any scheme regarding lottery or prize winning is that there is no tax subscription for any kind of winnings. Fraudsters may convince you to send the money in such a way by using some policy stating First pay first serve. All users need to be very careful about scam as you may not know when it can happen and by which way you may be scammed.
Okotoks RCMP are taking some necessary action against these kinds of scam schemes. They are warning the residents not to be scammed by any winning prizes or payment. Scammers mostly make use of phone scam by using Jamaican cell phone numbers or Las Vegas cell number. Same way if there is any kind of winning a contest there will be publicity in the entire commercial activity the company you’re getting the money from. There would be all sorts of announcements about any such prizes.
It is very much essential to know that if there is any claim regarding any celebrity death through mail or social media, be careful without knowing the truth. There arises scam mail which circulates some wrong information. Some rumors have been circulated via social media claim that wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has been died. This kind of death messages are scams used to trick users so that they provide their personal information. If you receive any of these fake messages, do not click on any of the links.
The scam message was being dispatched stating that Hulk died due to deadly head shot that took place in revenge. This sort of false scam messages are used to trick users into spamming their friends with the same false information. If any users click on that link the page may be redirected to one of the page providing details of the users. Once if they give their personal details like phone number, mail id, age, account number etc they may be told to click an online survey where they will be allowed to go in a draw for various prizes.
It’s one of the easiest ways for scammers to earn money as by subscribing these fake schemes each time users will be willing to participate in an online survey again and again so that they can get some prizes. The fact is that till last users will be sharing and clicking the link but at the end there won’t be any video showing death clippings or no prize winners. Make sure that before believing in any rumors search with google and all media sources so that next time you may not be a victim of scam.
In Aberdeen city, one of the victims had been applied for a vacancy which offered online training courses for the offshore oil and gas industry. The website was being named by“First Oil Energy”, which presented it as a fastest growing company located in Aberdeen.With the promise of a future career, the victim handed over money for an online training course through the website.
Scammers told the victim that after completion of training course the victim would be part of the firm. For training course an amount was paid but then the scammers informed the victim that there is some hike in fees. The fraudsters charged some $1000 to the victim. This oil and gas industry website was being developed and registered by some individuals. They were identified as non-trading UK individuals. These kinds of websites appear to be part of scam.
Be careful when applying any online courses or jobs that request for money transactions. Check for all the terms and conditions before payment as well as be aware of all kinds of scams.