EASY TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SOCIAL ENGINEERING
* Use discretion when posting personal information on social medial. This information is a treasuretrove to scammers who will use it to feign trustworthiness.
* Before posting any information, consider: What does this information say about me? How can this information be used against me? Is this information, if combined with other information, harmful?
* Remind friends and family members to exercise the same caution. Request they remove revealing information about you.
* Don’t send money to people you don’t know and trust.
Three common types of persuasion scams:
* Tech Support Call Scams
In tech support call scams, the scammer, claiming to work for a well-known software or technology company, cold calls victims in an attempt to convince the victim that his or her computer is at risk or attack, attacking another computer or is infected with malware, and that only the caller can remediate the problem In convincing the victim, the scammer oftern persuades the victim to provide remote access to the victim’s computer. The scammer can then install malware or access sensitive information. In some variations, the scammer persuades the victim to pay for unnecessary or fictitious anti-virus software or software updates.
* Romance Scams
In romance scams, the malicious actors create fake profiles on dating websites and establish relationships with other site members. Once a sense of trust is established, the scammer fabricates an emergency and asks the victim for financial assistance. The scammer generally claims he or she will repay the victim as soon as the crisis is over. However, if the victim sends money, the scammer will prolong the scam, sometimes stealing thousands of dollars from the victim.
* Traveler Scams
In this scenario, also know as the “grandparent scam,” malicious actors use information posted on social media websites by a traveling family member to trick other family members into sending money overseas. Often the scam targets the elderly, who are less likely to realize the information was originally posted online. The scammer will monitor social media wesites for people traveling overseas, and then contact the family members (through the Internet or via telephone) with a crisis and requesting money be sent immediately. The scammers rely on all the information users post online about themselves and their trips to convince the family member they know the traveler and are privy to personal details, and thus should be trusted.