3 Frightening Online Scams to Watch For

3 Frightening Online Scams to Watch For

With technology, evolving fraudsters have turned to the Internet to commit their crimes. Scams online are becoming increasingly popular and many people are falling victim to them. Here are just a few of the most common scams online to look out for and avoid. Share these with your coworkers and friends.

1.Travel fraud.

A travel agent or company you have never spoken to before, offering a vacation or travel accommodations at a very low price, contacts you unexpectedly via e-mail or phone. Even though you’ve been meaning to plan a get away or work is calling you out of state soon, this may be a costly mistake.

Signs to spot these crafty scammers.

Often, people are asked to pay via bank transfer. Always be certain of the company you’re speaking with. Ask for a phone number to call back and call it. Look closely at the details, pictures or address of the property or hotel included in the offer. If anything seems suspicious, be very cautious.


Protect yourself.

First do not reply to the e-mail or click on any links or attachments within the e-mail. These may lead to malicious websites or even download a virus. Then report the suspicious e-mail to your e-mail provider as phishing.

2.Online auction and seller fraud.

So, you’re overhauling your network or office space and want to find the best deals? Watch out for online auction sites and sellers that claim to have the best prices on computers and furniture but really are out to get your money.

Signs to spot these crafty scammers.

Review the sellers account online. Do they have bad feedback in their history? Google the information you have about the seller, name, alias, phone number to see if there is anything negative posted about them online.

Protect yourself.

Pay on the auction site every time and do not click on links the seller sends to you directly. Never pay by bank transfers, instead use a recognized service such as PayPal which offers a payment protection policy.

3.Social engineering scams will take you for a wild ride.

You have been in and out of the office all day and you receive an urgent e-mail message from your boss; he would like you to run out to the store and buy some iTunes gift cards. Sure, he’s asking, it’s his money, he’s in meetings and you’ve got a little time before your next meeting. However, this does seem strange.

Signs to spot a social engineering scams.


Social engineering is constructed using data familiar to you to trick you into believing they are a trusted resource. The idea is to psychologically manipulate you to perform actions and divulge confidential information.

Protect yourself.

Check who the email is actually from. Is the e-mail exactly what you see when your boss really sends you messages? If you notice any change, no matter how slight, to the email address or misspellings in the message itself just pick up the phone or talk directly to your boss to verify the message. Don’t buy anything until you know for sure what the request is all about.

Worried about scammers?

Inform your staff of these online scams and how to protect your company from fraud.