What To Look Out For With Social Engineering Scams

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Social engineering scams can put your personal information at risk.

Social engineering scams occur when criminals contact you directly to try to gain your trust and then trick you into giving them your passwords, access to your computer, and bank information. Social engineering is much easier than hacking into your computer, which is why many criminals use the scam.

Some of the most common social engineering scams to look out for include:

  • A friend in trouble – you open an email about a friend who is stuck in another country who was beaten, robbed, or put in jail, and they need money in order to get home.
  • A download from a “friend” – you get an email from a friend with an attachment. Once you open the attachment, a virus is released into your computer, allowing a hacker to access your information.
  • Charity request – you get a fake request asking for money to help fund a popular charity or recent disaster.

Luckily, there are many steps that you can take to help keep your personal information safe, including:

  • Stay suspicious – if an email looks a little strange, do not click on any of the links that are provided.
  • Slow down – social engineering thieves are banking on the fact that you will simply act fast and think about the consequences after. If an email is asking for a quick response, be skeptical.
  • Be cautious on social media – the more personal information that is included on your social media pages, the more likely it is that someone will be able to trick you.
  • Really look at foreign offers – if you get an email from a foreign sweepstakes or lottery, keep in mind that it is most likely a scam.

For help keeping your personal information safe and avoiding any social engineering scams, contact Proactive Networks in Pasadena, California.