The World Wide Web is filled surprises in every corners; things that can stir people’s interest, even seniors. It’s a very fascinating place to learn and explore. However, the World Wide Web is also a hub for opportunistic individuals who want nothing but take advantage of other people online, especially gullible and person new to internet, such as kids and seniors.
Online crimes come in so many different forms, and people who aren’t well-versed to spot one will easily fall victim. One of the most popular forms of cyber crime is the scam.
So what is “scam” and how does it expose your family to risk? Read on and find out.
The Physiology of Scams
The complexity of internet and computer technology makes internet surfing quite daunting for most seniors. However, some people who love challenges are interested in learning how it works. This is where most online criminals prey on – naive, unsuspecting and gullible elder individuals who will fall easily on their trap/s.
The most common form of scam is something that offers too-good-to-be-true stuff to people, something like “Congratulations, you’re the lucky winner of our weekly electronic raffle promo. Claim your prize here (click here)” Usually, once clicked, links will redirect to a malicious page or activate a download key for a software that will crack through anyone’s computer firewall, takedown security measures, and infiltrate the computer. Some are viruses that cause trouble to the computer, while some hacks to user’s personal information, email, and even account information, such as banking details.
To protect your computer and family from this form of scam, make sure you teach them to be cautious and not easily believe in anyone online, especially if it offers too-good-to-be-true prizes in a contest you didn’t even joined.