How to avoid 10 common email and Internet scams

Mariel Juan
Mind Map by Mariel Juan, updated more than 1 year ago
Mariel Juan
Created by Mariel Juan almost 4 years ago


Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) Technology Mind Map on How to avoid 10 common email and Internet scams, created by Mariel Juan on 04/20/2016.

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How to avoid 10 common email and Internet scams
1 Hidden URL Scam
1.1 Before accepting a friend request or a follow you should know the person.
1.2 Check their account and look for these following items: Do they follow a lot of people but only have a few followers?, Does their profile picture look like a model?, or Are their posts just spams?
1.3 If they have any of those characteristics never click any of their links because it might download spyware or malware without you noticing.
2 Sick Baby Scam
2.1 A friend posts a picture of a sick child that has a caption asking you to click a link to donate money to help out the child.
2.2 When you donate money your money doesn't help a sick child but goes to a hacker.
2.3 If they ask you to share a picture because each share earns money for the child they might use this to get personal information.
3 Quiz Scam
3.1 You might have the instinct to delete app requests and not take quizzes on social media.
3.2 Some of these quizzes ask for your phone number before taking the test and that is the first thing that makes it a scam. Always remember never to give personal information.
3.3 Next month, more money has been added on your phone bill. This money is from the hackers that made the quiz you took a month ago.
4 Hijacked Profile Scam
4.1 Your friends could have been hacked on social media. If they send you link for a business opportunity you must contact them immediately and tell them they have been hacked.
4.2 If your friend asks for money on social media you should contact them another way because they could have been hacked.
4.3 Delete their account from your friends' list if you cannot contact them in another way.
5 Paypal or Online Credit Card/Banking Scam
5.1 First you must check the sender's email even if their name is right. You must also check if they are using your name.
5.2 If the email has a threat it is definitely a scam because companies will not threaten their customers.
5.3 Before clicking the link you need to check the URL and if the URL will not take you to don't click it.
6 Nigerian Check Scam
6.1 The sender's name sounds like a royal name.
6.2 They will send you an email stating that they need your help to recover a load of money overseas and you will get a big amount of the cash.
6.3 They will ask for your bank account information to be able to transfer the money into your account. You will get another email stating that there has been a problem and you must send more money. This goes on and you lose more money.
7 Survey Scam
7.1 Never click on surveys unless you signed up for one.
7.2 When you click on the survey spyware or malware may be installed on your computer. This allows the con artist to access your every move.
7.3 They can collect passwords, bank account information, and many more. They will be able to do anything with your account and you will have to face the consequences.
8 Foreign Lottery Scam
8.1 To avoid this scam you should check if the sender is an individual and if your name is in the "To" section.
8.2 Before giving any information on this email you should do a little research to find out if the lottery is real.
8.3 You should remember if you entered any lottery.
9 Suspicious Photo Scam
9.1 One of your hacked friends might post a link on your profile that says something like, "OMG! Is this a naked picture of you'". This causes you to panic and click on the link.
9.2 The link takes you to the log in page of the social media and you don't think too much of it and quickly type your username and password. You have just given your account information to the hacker.
9.3 By giving them your account information they will scam your friends. Delete any unusual links and immediately inform your friends.
10 Mystery Shopper Scam
10.1 This scam will claim that you can earn a large income by working as a mystery shopper.
10.2 They will ask you to pay money for "training materials" and you wait for a package that never arrives.
10.3 They will trick you into giving your address and giving your money for "study materials".
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