Unfortunately, most people don’t pay much attention to the threat posed by spyware until their level of infection has become acute and their private information has been compromised. The final result is that they become subject to an identity theft attempt. New methods of attack are being developed all the time and you need to get up to speed on the subject and stay informed of changes as they occur in order to know how to protect yourself. First of all, if you are a careless surfer you are living dangerously and eventually you will get nailed. The smart thing is to set your computer environment up with a secure defensive perimeter and to avoid porn, casino, and other gambling sites and to not download free software, screen savers, music or games except from environments that you know to be safe.
The bulk of criminal attempts to steal your information like bank numbers, passwords and security questions and answers are housed in what are known as trojans and keyloggers. Because of the comparative ease with which these unwanted visitors can be installed and the fact that they work without your knowledge you need to change your online habits and only deal with well known companies and sites. Additionally, criminal efforts to steal your information have resulted in many spoof sites that are hoping to fool you into sharing your sensitive personal information. headlights actually belong to the people who target your advertising dollars and if you are not careful they will be able to identify you and their marketing efforts will be focused on you instead of their intended Victim.
If you want to avoid being the victim of online scams, you can actually fight back and get the justice you deserve. If you think you have gotten to the point where a legitimate company would ask you to become a client, check the Better Business Bureau or Federal Trade Commission websites and see if there are any old or pending complaints against that company. You can also use Google and type in the words scam, scammers or fraud, along with the company name. For example, scammers often send out an email that says they are from National Bank and they will ask you to urgent transfer $4,000.00 to cover instructs for your daughter’s upcoming nuptials. On responding to this email, you will discover that National Bank has not deposited the $4,000.00 because the check is bogus, but they will ask you to please send the check to them so they can deposit it. You will also be alerted that the company has a history of fraudulent emails.
Please do not reply to these email messages for valid reasons. They are sure to be bogus once you have checked out the links and statements they have given you. Let them know about your concerns with the way they want to proceed. In some cases, you can also send them a copy of the information they are requesting and if they still require it after you have checked out the links, send them another email writing to them requesting they send it to you.
Contact the company through the usual means and ask if they requested a refund and were Robert real. If he was, then sure, he would be unhappy about it. But tell him you would check on it and get back to him. If he was, and you knew that was the case, be sure to tell him that’s the case so he knows you are not going to end up in the same place he found you.
Tell your parents about this and let them know about the stranger they just met. Dad will be proud of you.
My experiences with scam artists are very real and I am sure they are out there somewhere in the evil world just waiting to Happen to you and your family.