And with this new year comes more vermin searching for an opening, no matter how small.
I’m referring to scammers, hackers and trolls.
The more gadgets we have, the more avenues and opportunities for a criminal to find you. Don’t fall for these frauds. From our email, smartphones, yes iPhones too, computers, tablets, blogs, websites, Amazon Echo, Google Home, or even smart TVs, we are all susceptible to these damn crooks. AND, of course, we are vulnerable on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and any of the many social media sites. Scammers are trolling for any insecurity or vulnerability in your life, online and real.
Once upon a time, long long ago, Apple products were immune. Or so we thought. But that is not the case, not now. So don’t let your guard down just because you have an Apple product. Scammers are everywhere phishing for your information.
No need to live in fear. Just be aware! Be smart!
Some things you can do to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
- Install good security and virus software.
- Keep all software updated.
- Do not click on an email that requests you verify account details.
- Be careful about downloading free mobile apps. Know who and where it comes from.
- Never click on an unsolicited email or alert that comes from a bank, institution or company. Go directly to their website instead.
- On smartphones and tablets, watch out for text messages requesting you click on them.
- Don’t recognize the phone number? Hang up or better yet don’t answer. If it’s important they can leave a message.
- Be aware of phone number scamming. Fraudsters are now spoofing legit company phone numbers. Be careful, the person on the other line may not be a real Apple, ATT, Netflix, agent.
- Remember if it sounds too good… well you know the rest.
Last but not least…
Think before you click. Just like crossing a street, take your time and look both ways. Let’s start the new year aware and in control.
Thanks to Terry Ambrose, Grace Sweeney and Kevin McAllister for these tips and their timely articles on the latest scams and fraudsters.
Below are links from these savvy writers to help you avoid falling prey to a scammer. Keep reading…
Scam Tip – Apple users beware of Apple phishing scam By Terry Ambrose
New year, new scams: what to watch out for in 2019 By GRACE SWEENEY
Outsmart the Scammers: How You Can Avoid Fraud By Kevin McAllister
Apple iPhone scam returns as new model nears By Terry Ambrose