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Identity Theft and Internet Scams

You may be so used to technology and its convenience that you often forget that there are dangers, such as identity theft and internet scams.

At BetterWorld Technology, we seek to increase cybersecurity awareness by outlining the most common internet scams and ways you can avoid them.

Spotting Common Cybersecurity Scams

1. Imposter Scam

You may receive a message or email from someone who claims to be a family member, a government official, or a representative of a big company. They say that to reactivate a suspended account, they will need personal details, such as your social security number, password, or a small sum.

2. COVID-19 Scam

An email detailing how you can donate to a fake or fictitious charity can sometimes make its way to your email or phone. This scam will try to appeal to your emotions and will usually ask for money.

3. Payment Scam

This is a specific scam that targets stimulus payments from the US government. Usually, COVID-19 will be the hook to catch your attention, followed by links that try to steal your financial and personal information.

How To Avoid Identity Theft and Internet Scams

People who regularly take to the world wide web and small business owners in Chicago and elsewhere can avoid falling victim to online scams and identity theft with these simple, easy-to-follow tips.

  • Make Your Passwords Complex: Don’t make it easy for people to guess your password. Add special characters and numbers, and make some of the letters uppercase.

  • Avoid Free Wi-Fi and Unsecured Access Points: It’s better to avoid free public Wi-Fi and stick to mobile data whenever possible.

  • Don’t Click on Links or Provide Any Personal Information: Links can lead you to websites or forms that capture your details. It’s also vital that you do not hand out any information, such as your name, address, or bank account number, online.

Get in touch with our experts today to discuss how BetterWorld Technology can help you and your business.



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