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How to Protect Yourself from Scams

Scammers are getting better and better at getting your money and your personal information. Everyone is vulnerable to falling for a scam, regardless of age or income. No one group of people is more likely to fall victim to a scam than others.

 

Scams are successful because they catch you off guard when you don’t expect it. Scammers are increasingly using better tactics by taking advantage of new technologies, products or services to create incredible stories that will convince you to give them money or personal information.

Ways to protect yourself from scams

  • Be aware of the fact that scammers exist: When you receive an unwanted contact from someone you don’t know, always consider the possibility that they don’t mean well. Take the time to investigate.
  • Be wary of unusual messages from your acquaintances: If a message by any means comes from a friend and seems strange or unusual to you, contact that friend immediately to find out if it was really him or her who sent it.
  • Do not open pop-ups or click on links in suspicious e-mails: If you are not sure, verify the identity of the contact before opening an attachment.
  • Don’t respond when you are asked to remotely access your computer: You are often asked to install a free update, which is actually a virus that steals your passwords and personal data.
  • Keep your personal data safe: Shred your bills before you throw them away. Keep your passwords and PIN numbers in a safe place.
  • Be careful with what you share on social networks: They can use the information to create a false identity or to carry out a scam.
  • Keep your cell phones and computers secure: Always use passwords and do not share access with others, make copies of the content on a regular basis.
  • Protect your WiFi network: Use a password for your WiFi network and avoid using public computers or WiFi hotspots to access online banking or provide personal information.
  • Choose your passwords wisely: Choose passwords that are difficult to guess and update them regularly. Mix uppercase, lowercase, letters and symbols. Don’t use the same password for everything or share it with anyone.
  • Check the privacy settings of your social networks: If you use social networks such as Facebook, be careful who you connect with. Use the privacy settings to ensure your security.
  • Be wary of unusual payment requests: Scammers may ask for your credit card details or copies of your personal documents. Do not agree to transfer money using an unusual payment method such as gift cards, preloaded payment cards or virtual currencies such as Bitcoin.
  • Be careful when shopping online: Always use online stores you trust. And beware of offers that seem too good to be true. Be careful if you use virtual currencies to pay, they don’t have the same protections as conventional transaction methods, so you won’t be able to get your money back once it’s sent.

If you have been the victim of a scam, having an expert criminal law attorney for your defense is essential when you have committed a crime that is accompanied by very delicate personal situations.

How to detected a scam

How to identify a forged document

Documents are very easily forged. Most of them look the same as the authentic ones, but others may present differences such as:

 

  • Generic greetings instead of personal ones
  • Company names that do not exist
  • Poor quality
  • Poor spelling
  • Forced language

 

Tickets for flights or bank statements look simple because companies allow their customers to print them online. This means that fraudsters can easily forge documents using their logos or website graphics.

How to identify a fake email

Scammers can spoof an email with no problem using the same logo and design as the real company. If you weren’t expecting that email, be vigilant before clicking on any links or opening an attachment.

How to spot a fake profile

When you get a request for a new profile, look for anything unusual in their choice of photo, location or interests. Scammers often use fake photos found online.

 

We recommend doing an image search to help find out if they really are who they say they are. You can use Google image search or TinEye to do this.

Ask for help or report a scam

If you think you have been a victim of a scam contact us, we can help you. Reporting these crimes is important, if you don’t do it nothing can be done about it.

 

Remember that no matter how small the scam is, you are a victim of it and there may be hundreds or thousands of people in a similar situation. Your information can be vital to solve it.