We think we are aware of all the online scams that happen on the internet, you may be true you may know all of them. But the scammers are not some dumb people sitting around waiting for people to fall into their traps, they are upgrading themselves and finding new online scams and very smart ways to fool people. These scammers always find out new ways to loot your money. So, here are some of the scams that these Scammers can use to scam you.
Online Scam: Fake Shipment Scams
As the name suggests the Scammers will send you a message saying that your order has some problem related to shipping. The message threatens you by saying your order cancels if you don’t respond quick enough. Once someone gets this message thinking it is legit they will click the link in two cases:
- If they have ordered something
- Worried that their account got compromised and to check it out.
Once someone clicks this link, the link will direct them to some other website. This website is designed exactly similar to the original website, so that it does not seem fake. Once the person believes that the website is legit he logs in to the website. Once someone has logged in to the website the scammer already has your login credentials which he can use for whatever purpose he wants to. He can either sell this information or do some more things. If you have some cards credentials saved in your account this is a lucky draw situation for the scammer. He will then use these credentials to order various things to some other address. Along with this he will send you various spam emails so that the shipping confirmation email gets overlooked.
To know how this scam works in detail and how to be safe from it do read this article: Fake Shipment Scams
Online Scam: Freelancing Scams
Freelancing is a great way to start to earn some money by working for people online. There are many websites that work as a platform for people to offer their services. But these websites have some percentage commission from each order the freelancer gets. Many people tend to take advantage of this thing. They contact freelancers on the website, give them orders on the platform itself for some time. Once the freelancer starts to trust him, he then offers to pay him directly without any commission to the intermediate website.
This seems like a win win situation to the freelancer. The person will make an offer to freelancer such as weekly or monthly pay. As the trust was already generated the freelancer agrees to his terms. The person will then make the freelancer work for multiple hours each day. Once the freelancer sends an invoice for his work, the person blocks the freelancer from everywhere. Even after working for extensive hours the freelancers efforts are of total waste as he is not going to get paid a penny.
To know how this scam works in detail and how to be safe from it do read this article: Freelancing Scam
Online Scam: Smart Speaker Scams
Most of us are using Smart speakers such as Google Home, Alexa and many more. These smart speakers tend to be very useful in making some tasks simpler and making our lives easy. These smart speakers are multi purpose and can be used in various scenarios. But as we already told Scammers these days are getting very clever and using tactics one can not easily imagine. When you ask the smart speaker to search a contact number on the internet it usually returns to the first result on the search page.
What these scammers do is that they somehow manage to get the fake contact number on the first ranking. So, whenever you search for the contact number of any company or service you will get the number these scammers want you to dial. Once you ask your smart speaker to contact the number you will be connected to the scammer, the scamming process can then be similar to other scams. The purpose of this scam is to direct people seeking for some legit service to these scammers.
The best way to stay out of this scam is to visit the official website of any service and company personally and not through google search results. Though the chance of falling into such scam is less there is always a probability.
If you were victim of any of these scams or if you know any scams other than this do let us know in the comments we will try to find more about the scams for you.