Advances in technology have helped us in so many ways. Unfortunately, those advances have also resulted in the rise of the scammer. The news is constantly filled with alerts about protecting yourself from cyber criminals, and this week was no different. Check out some articles that recently appeared, giving you some suggestions on how to avoid those pesky scams.
CBSNews reports that there’s been an outbreak of people getting scammed by phishers pretending to work for Netflix. If you get an email or popup that says your account has been temporarily suspended and gives you a 1-800 number to call, that should be a huge red flag. The scammers will get you on the phone, and then try to get your personal information and credit card details. Netflix says these types of alerts will never come from them. Plus, beware of companies that want to access your computer remotely – this is a direct way for them to hack into your accounts!
If you’re thinking about signing up for web-hosting service, GoDaddy, you might want to reconsider. A woman is claiming that the site actually gave out her email address to spammers, resulting in her being cyber bullied and her personal information being spread on the Internet. She’s insisting GoDaddy willingly gave up her details and isn’t doing enough to stop the abuse. If you already run a site through GoDaddy, double check to make sure spammers aren’t accessing your information.
No matter how careful you are, you pretty much can’t avoid some of your personal details being public knowledge. However, there are some steps you can take to lower the risk of your identity being stolen. This Daily Worth article details tips like being careful about the links you click on, freezing your credit, and signing up for fraud alerts. Follow these suggestions and those annoying thieves will be less likely to pilfer your details!
When you’re finding a new bank to open accounts with, the number one rule should always be to do your research! The SEC just announced a suit against a man who set up a fake online credit union and stole more than $12.8 million from customers over the past several years. If you’re thinking about switching to a new bank, make sure it’s insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC). Don’t get fooled into putting your money straight into the pockets of criminals!
Basically, these articles prove that you can’t trust anyone! Do your homework, and be leery of anyone wanting a look at your personal information. You can never be too careful!