Internet scams are increasing. How to avoid falling into the trap

Online scams

Air shipments are the most efficient if you need your cargo or documents to arrive quickly and securely. scam attempts They have always been among us, but I think never at the current level. For a long time now, I, like many of you I suppose, have been receiving messages through any means, always throwing a bait to see if it will catch. But no, I do not bite it nor will I bite it, and if I write this article it is, in part, to denounce these practices and so that none of our readers fall into traps like these.

Most scams They arrive in the form of a text message, either by SMS or by some application such as WhatsApp or Telegram, email or something similar. They are tempting, but they are just that, scam attempts that should stop there. What follows are some of the ones that have tried to sneak into me, and although I will eliminate sensitive information, I hope that no scammer will feel offended if they read this. Well, I don't care.

Online scams

The shy sister

Today I received this message:

«I am helping my sister find a kind, honest and warm friend. My sister is very nice, but a little shy, so I came up with this method. I hope you do not mind. First, get to know each other. This is my sister WhatsApp: +346xxxxxxxx (be kind and polite)«.

The sender of the SMS was from a mail service, and that was enough to know that something was strange. Be careful, I wouldn't have responded even if I had said or something better known, but a strange domain doesn't help. The phone is a mobile phone from Spain, but No.

If this wasn't a scam, sorry girl.

The bank... of which I am not a client

The scam that I think is most widespread on the Internet must be the bank email. I have no proof, but I have no doubt either. What they do is send an email that is supposed to come from our bank, saying that there is some problem that we must solve as soon as possible. If we enter the link they give us, we usually see a very well designed page with only a few errors. One of them is the URL, which is nothing like that of a real bank, and in most cases there are even spelling mistakes, although sometimes they work on it a little more. Its intention is for us to enter our username and password, at which point it gives an error, but it will be too late for us. At least if we have online procedures activated and not two-step verification.

Of course, receiving an email from a bank from which we are not clients It is enough to distrust.

Do you remember me?

This was the worst for me. More than 10 years ago I started receiving messages from a person who knew my name, and the sender was a 4 digit number. Someone else would have been clear about this from the beginning, but I knew someone who sent messages with a service that showed something similar, so it caught my attention. I never responded, partly because, at best, I didn't want to talk to that person, but he kept insisting on me again and again...

I searched for that number online. and it was confirmed that it was a scam. There were people who had responded and even she was excited thinking that she had the love of her life there, but no. When I called my operator to solve it, they told me that it was an "alert", that it was "totally legal" and that someone had given my information so that what was happening would happen. They told me to send a message with the word "BAJA" to that number, I did it and I never heard from that person who wanted to meet me so much again. Jo…

Mom, it's me. I need help and I don't have my cell phone

This hasn't happened to me, but it has happened to my mother. I don't remember exactly what they said, but it was something like that, a my mother's relative who didn't have her phone and needed help. My mother did not respond because she asked me as soon as she received the message, but the intention is to start a conversation to later get some money.

Tips to avoid online scams

The best advice we can give is have common sense and distrust, Not in that order necessarily. If a family member has lost their cell phone, do they know mine by heart? I doubt it. Banks will never ask us to identify ourselves on their pages from an email. Is your sister shy? I am more so with strangers whose faces I also don't see. It is advisable to delete the message directly and forget about it.

But you have to be prepared. These scams are becoming more and more common, or at least trying to be.

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