Scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to steal credit card numbers and other personal information. Here are 14 of the latest scams to be aware of:
1. Phishing emails
These are emails that appear to be from a legitimate company but are actually from a scammer. They may try to get you to click on a link or attachment that will install malware on your computer or phone, or redirect you to a fake website where you will be asked to enter personal information.
2. Fake websites
Scammers can create fake websites that look very similar to the real thing. They may use a slightly different URL or misspell the name of the company in the URL. If you enter your credit card information on these sites, the scammers can then use it for fraudulent purposes.
This is software that is designed to damage your computer or phone or steal your personal information. It can be installed without your knowledge if you click on a malicious link or attachment, or visit a fake website designed by scammers.
A phishing email may contain a link that takes you to a malicious website where you are asked to enter your login details. Once the scammers have your username and password, they can access your bank account or steal your personal information.
Viruses are malware that can copy and spread itself quickly through a computer or phone, infecting other devices and causing damage. A virus might delete files, slow down your computer or phone, or use your device to send emails or post messages without your knowledge.
This is software that collects information about you without your knowledge. Spyware is often used to track the websites you visit and the links you click on so that advertisers can send you targeted ads. It can also be used to collect sensitive information like your login details and passwords.
Adware is software that displays advertising on your computer or phone. Adware can be installed without your knowledge when you click on a malicious link or download a malicious file. Adware is often used to track your web browsing habits so that it can show you targeted ads.
Trojans are malware that masquerades as legitimate software. They can be used to install other malware, such as viruses or spyware, without your knowledge. Trojans can also be used to steal your personal information or login details.
This is malware that encrypts your files and demands a ransom to decrypt them. Ransomware can be installed without your knowledge when you click on a malicious link or download a malicious file. Once your files are encrypted, you will not be able to access them unless you pay the ransom.
Keyloggers are malware that records everything you type on your keyboard. Keyloggers can be used to steal sensitive information like your login details and passwords. Keyloggers can be installed without your knowledge when you click on a malicious link or download a malicious file.
Rootkits are malware that gives attackers access to your computer or phone. Rootkits can be used to install other malware, such as viruses or spyware, without your knowledge. Rootkits can also be used to steal your personal information or login details.