Soumya Prakash Pradhan

In today's rapidly advancing tech era, both positive developments and negative aspects are evident. 

Unfortunately, there's a rise in scams where deceitful individuals exploit technology to swindle money from unsuspecting people.

Here are six common scams you should be aware of and also know how to protect yourself from falling victim to them:

Part-Time Work Scam

Scammers often lure individuals with promises of part-time work from home, claiming you can earn thousands by working just a few hours daily.

Once you accept, they ask for your bank details to supposedly send payments, but instead, they drain your account.

Romance Scam

This occurs on dating apps where scammers create fake profiles, gaining the trust of unsuspecting users before fabricating emergencies and requesting money, taking advantage of those seeking love.

Investment Scam

Scammers promise quick returns, doubling investments in a short time.

They often provide edited proof of success to entice victims into investing, resulting in financial loss.

SMS and Email Scams

Scammers send links promising rewards if clicked, but instead, these links install malicious software on devices, granting scammers access to personal information and funds.

Additionally, scammers exploit messaging apps, posing as acquaintances in urgent need of money.

Charity and Medical Emergency Scams

Fraudsters exploit goodwill by pretending to represent charities or individuals in dire need, manipulating emotions to solicit funds for fabricated causes.

Low-Price iPhone Scam

Scammers advertise discounted iPhones online, attracting buyers who unknowingly install apps granting scammers access to their devices and finances.

In the digital age, it is crucial to stay vigilant and adopt safety measures to avoid falling victim to scams:

If tempted to click, consider copying the link and opening it in incognito mode to prevent potential harm.

Stick to official apps and avoid third-party alternatives to mitigate the risk of malware and data breaches.

If you notice unusual behaviour on essential apps, such as WhatsApp or Facebook, report it immediately.

Add an extra layer of security to your accounts by enabling two-step authentication.

Stay wary of deals that seem too good to be true and refrain from sharing personal information with unknown individuals.

By staying informed and cautious, you can safeguard yourself against falling prey to scammers in the digital realm.