In today's digital age, staying vigilant against scams is more crucial than ever. Here are our top 5 scams you need to be aware of to protect yourself online:

1. Spear Phishing

Spear phishing is a targeted email scam where attackers pose as trusted entities to steal sensitive information such as passwords or financial details. Unlike regular phishing, spear phishing is personalized, making it harder to detect.

2. Tapjacking

Tapjacking involves placing an invisible clickable layer over legitimate apps or web pages. When users tap on what appears to be harmless content, they unknowingly trigger malicious actions like downloading malware or granting access to sensitive data.

3. Vishing (Voice Phishing)

Vishing is a social engineering technique where fraudsters use phone calls or voice messages to deceive individuals into divulging personal information or making fraudulent payments. It often involves spoofed caller IDs to appear legitimate.

4. AI & Deepfake Scams

Advancements in artificial intelligence have led to the proliferation of deepfake technology. Scammers use AI-generated content, such as realistic videos or audio recordings, to impersonate individuals or manipulate information for fraudulent purposes.

5. Fake Clickable Ads

Fake clickable ads lure users into clicking by promising enticing offers or prizes. Once clicked, these ads can lead to phishing sites, malware downloads, or subscription traps, exploiting users' curiosity or desire for freebies.

Protect Yourself

  • Verify Sources: Always verify the legitimacy of emails, messages, or phone calls before sharing personal information.
  • Update Security Software: Keep your devices and security software updated to defend against evolving threats.
  • Educate Yourself: Stay informed about new scam techniques and educate others in your network to promote awareness.
  • Use Multi-Factor Authentication: Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever possible to add an extra layer of security.
  • Report Suspicious Activity: Report any suspicious emails, calls, or ads to Action Fraud, or another relevant authority or platform.

By staying informed and adopting proactive security measures, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to these prevalent scams. Attend our Free Online Webinar on Scams Awareness Training to learn more and safeguard your online presence.

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