Common Internet Scams You Should Be Aware Of in 2024

In modern society, digital security is of the utmost importance. We live a significant portion of our lives online and through electronics, and we must protect our information. However, digital security doesn’t just mean choosing complex passwords, encrypting communications, etc.

Sometimes, it also means learning how scammers and criminals might try to take advantage of you online (usually to steal from you).

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Since the beginning of the Internet, different scams have existed. Once users become aware, they don’t fall for such scams, but the artist behind scams comes up with new ideas and a new type of scam every time.

You cannot stop these scammers alone, but you have to be aware of the scams that have been circulating on the Internet recently.

To help address this, we want to highlight some common internet scams that you should be aware of.

 Internet Scams You Should Be Aware Of

Below is the list of common and major Internet Scams you should be aware of before paying any money to a suspicious website.

1. Phishing Scams

Phishing continues to be the number one cyberattack vector. It is usually delivered in the form of fake emails or public messages from what look like believable places, such as banks and famous corporations. Such a message is intended to try and fool you into giving out personal information, such as passwords or credit card numbers.

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How to Spot It:

Suspicious URL: As a rule of thumb, use a spot-on sender email and the correct domain.

Urgency: This person may claim that your account will be either deactivated or suspended soon.

Impersonal Salutations: Organizations tend to direct their messages toward you, specifically

What to Do:

Do not ever click on a link from an unsolicited email. Instead, enter the URL directly in your browser to visit the site.

2. Survey Scams

Survey scams are among the most common internet scams you will find online.

Typically, they target your own interests. For example, if you’ve recently been browsing Apple products, you could theoretically get an email (or even a pop-up) asking you to provide your opinions on your last iPhone.

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Some such Survey scams promise to provide you with gift cards, coupons, and other lucrative offers to complete their survey. They get your data and sell it to big companies, and you get nothing in return.

Sometimes, these surveys will ask for payment information (which is a huge red flag), and sometimes, they’ll simply infect your computer with some sort of malware when you submit your answers.

Generally speaking, it’s best to ignore a survey prompt unless you specifically sought it out or signed up for it. However, there are other ways to spot survey scams as well. And a little knowledge about the internet and technology can help you to avoid internet scams.

3. Illegitimate Betting Sites

Sports betting and other gambling activities are very popular across the internet.

And because there’s a lot of money in these activities, it stands to reason that there are some scam sites out there.

The best way to avoid these scam sites is to make sure your platform is fully regulated under local laws before you start playing or betting.

Additionally, you can look at aggregate sites or sites posting reviews of several betting platforms at once.

Generally (though not always), if you see reviews for a major, well-known, trusted platform, you can also trust other reviews on the same site. Here it’s mostly about due diligence.

Not all Betting sites are a scam, but the money involved in betting sites makes scammers create tons of scam betting sites to loot your money for nothing.

4. Fake Web Pages

This can apply to many different tricks and scams online, but the general idea is that you’re presented with a link to a site that looks like something reliable and then asked for specific information.

One common example is a pop-up that tells you your computer is infected (sometimes even tells you how it’s infected) with steps as to how to fix the problem or protect your information.

They’re designed to trick you into handing over usernames, passwords, etc., which can then be used to access your private information.

5. The “Nigerian Prince” Trick

Perhaps the most infamous scam in internet history, the “Nigerian Prince” trick (and variations on it) works simply.

You’ll be contacted via email by a person claiming to be Nigerian royalty, a wealthy Nigerian woman who’s lost her husband, etc.

You’ll be asked for help in getting a large sum of money or inheritance safely out of the country.

And then you’ll be asked to pay the various fees necessary for making that happen. Needless to say, there is never any actual cut headed your way – you’ll just be milked for fees as long as you stay gullible.

Fortunately, there’s nothing too complicated about avoiding these scams. If you get an email out of the blue from mysterious overseas individuals, anything it’s promising you is too good to be true.

6. The Hitman Scam

This is a relatively new one and certainly the spookiest one on this list.

The idea is simple: pay up or die. In this scam, you get a mysterious email from an individual who claims to have been hired to kill you.

The individual will then effectively offer you a choice of sending a secure, anonymous payment (perhaps via cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Monero etc), after which he or she will allow you to live and possibly send you evidence regarding the person who wanted you killed in the first place.

It might sound ridiculous to some, but at the same time, imagine getting an email like this out of the blue and not knowing what to do about it!

Now you know to be on the lookout. Generally, these emails will be heavy on threats but light on details, and often they’ll be written sloppily. Any threat to your life, real or fake, should be taken seriously.

But knowing what to look out for here should save you a headache if one of these nasty scams ever comes your way.

7. CryptoCurrency Scam

The recent popularity of cryptocurrency makes scammers a new choice. Since the crypto boom of 2017, tons of new cryptocurrencies are hitting the market every day.

They all promise you that their Crypto coin is the next big thing, the future of payment, and blah blah. They start an ICO, sell you the coins at a low price, and make you believe the coin will boom after the project launch.

There are tons of crypto coins without any roadmap or project, and their main intention is to make money and run away. And even your crypto wallet is not as safe as you think.

Many people are still unfamiliar with the crypto market; those who lack proper knowledge of blockchain technology and related terms are easy prey for crypto scammers.

Along with fraudulent crypto coins like BitConnect, some exchanges offer to trade and run away after making a hefty amount of money.

The recent Crypto Scam news came from China; the officials uncovered $47m Ponzi scheme based on tea-backed tokens.

It is advised to do proper research before buying any crypto coins and trading them on any unreliable exchange.

How to Avoid Internet Scams

You should be aware of the recent internet scams. Do not instantly fill out any form and pay for any new website; a quick Google search may save you money and time.

  • Avoid buying products from untrusted websites.
  • Always check the URL in the browser address bar to make sure the site you are browsing isn’t a phishing website.
  • Don’t take part in surveys offering you free money or gifts.
  • Double-verify the credibility of the website where you are paying.
  • Don’t pay anyone over the phone who claims to be from a Government office.
  • Don’t click on Ads that read, “Your computer is infected with a virus.”
  • Never reply to the SPAM emails and never take any action on their website.
  • Do proper research before investing in any cryptocurrency.
  • Don’t fall for easy money-making websites or apps; you won’t get anything.

Overall, your safety is in your hands. Stay aware of Internet Scams and stay safe.

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