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Simple Yet Effective Ways to Protective Yourself From Scams

We’re all pretty confident that we could spot a scam or a criminal from a mile away. But today, fraudsters and crooks don’t sneak around our homes in a striped jumper and a bag with a dollar sign on the front. Instead, they infiltrate our homes via the internet, via phone calls, social media and even have the audacity to knock on the front door and smile.

Protecting you and your family from fraudulent behaviours, scams and criminals can feel like an overwhelming task. However, with the right information and the correct approach, you’ll be able to keep your data and financial information safe and sleep a little sounder at night. In this post, we’ll explore some simple yet highly effective ways to protect yourself from scams. Read on to find out more.

Be Wary of Strange Phone Calls

We’re all regularly plagued with nuisance phone calls. With random and suspicious numbers calling us every single day. Unfortunately, we feel inclined to answer these calls from time to time – just in case. Sadly, this is where many of us fall straight into the hands of scammers who are looking for details and financial gain. But, you don’t have to answer to become a victim. For example, when you have a missed call from this number and you decide to call them back, you’re inadvertently falling for what is known as the “silent call scam” or the Wangiri Scam.

The number you call back will be an international number set up at a premium rate, costing you a small fortune. When it comes to strange phone calls, never call numbers back. If it’s important, they’ll leave you a voicemail, explaining the call.

Never Open Suspicious Emails/Texts or Attachments

It sounds obvious, but the number of people who still fall victim to these kinds of malware and fraudulent activities is overwhelming. If you receive any forms of communication that look strange, seem too good to be true or come from an unknown source – delete them! And never contact the sender using the details they have provided.

Consistently Review Your Social Media Security Settings

From Facebook, competitions asking you to share posts with too good to be true prizes, to lax security on your profile and your personal information. It doesn’t take much for a competent fraudster to figure out your address and your DOB from your unprotected social media pages. Leaving you susceptible to scams and criminal activity. If you’re suspicious about competitions and spam, report it on the platform and lock your social media pages down! Removing as much personal information as possible.

Be Careful When Shopping Online

We all love the convenience of shopping online, but it’s also a convenient way for scammers to access your finances. Be mindful of online shopping scams and only shop from reputable stores. Always look for the padlock symbol in the URL – this will tell you if a site is secure and safe to use and ensure that pages you’re visiting begin with https:// for total peace of mind.

Final Thoughts…

Protecting yourself against scams is easier when you know-how. Consider these points above to protect yourself.

 

 

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