What is a scam?

A scam is a deceptive scheme or trick used to cheat someone out of something, especially money.

Types of scams

  1. Scam websites: Scam websites are replicas of original websites, which scammers use to deceive users into fraud or malicious attacks.

  2. Scam emails: Scam emails contain embedded links/URLs asking for personal information and warning messages (like your card has been blocked, false loan offers, money transfer requests, and others).

  3. Scam calls: Scammers claim to be a bank employee or the employee of another reputed organization and make a demand or request to confirm your account details, personal details, or your business.

  4. Scam messages: Scam messages are not only limited to mobile SMSes, but also extend to other messenger applications (like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc.). Scammers use compromised accounts or claim to be a friend or relative or an organizationā€™s employee and ask for some funds, send the malicious link, and want you to click on the link - sometimes, changing the conversation from formal to personal to know your background.

  5. Scam media accounts: Scammers create fake accounts, pages, or groups on behalf of the targeted companies on social media platforms (like Facebook and Instagram). Scammers create lookalike pages of the company and use the company names, logos, and other relevant details to make sure people will trust them blindly without having any doubts.

How do scammers reach you?

  1. By phone

  2. By sending messages to your social media account, like Facebook or Instagram

  3. By creating fake company Telegram groups

  4. By sending fake SMSes and emails

  5. Through advertisements like fraudulent financial loan offers

  6. By redirecting to fake websites

Signs of scams

  1. Pretend to be from a well-known organization you know

  2. Deals that seem too good to be true

  3. You are asked to share personal details

  4. You have been asked to pay to a specific bank or bank account

  5. Pressure you to act immediately

  6. Using fake contact details consisting of a fake name, email, phone number, and address

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