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I have done a great deal of research on Hong Kong and planned my trip in detail. It seems as if tickets for most attractions are mostly cheaper on Klook (Disney, Ngong Ping, Sky 100, Macay ferry, etc.)
Has anyone used Klook?
Would you recommend it.
Is it a trustworthy / save site to use?
Thank you in advance.
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use the search function. Same question was asked before.
The company is quite new. Founded 2020.
Some people posted there experience in threads like this:
I’ve used them several times for my trips to Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand. Up to now, my experience has been great. I downloaded their app and did everything through it, all my bookings, payments, etc and found it to be convenient and fast. Even for our HK Disney tickets, we booked them literally outside the park’s main entrance because we weren’t sure when we were going to be able to visit the park, so we booked last minute. Their prices are amazing compared to other agencies. You should check their FB page KlookInternational. They have coupons there sometimes which you can use to book your tickets and get even bigger discounts
They’re quite well known in Hong Kong and I’ve used them a number of times, always extremely easy and great service. Most popular for tickets I think (like NP360, Airport Express, Disney, Ocean Park etc. like you mentioned) as their prices are so cheap – just check out the reviews on the site – but actually they offer some cool other stuff too.
Have you downloaded the Klook app? from which you can search all the information of the activities offered there. I have used it a few times and it is trustworthy. But most of the activities provided are confined to Asia, wish they could provide more activities from other places in the future.
As a traveler, I too had serious concerns about Klook. com being legitimate!! Just back from my Hong Kong tour and would like to share my experience with Klook. I must say it is a fantastic site offering great savings in both money and Time (bypass the ques). Had used to purchase Airport express (to and fro from Airport to Kowloon), cheapest ticket among all possible options. Peak Tram+ Peak Terrace+ Madame Tussaud, no need to wait in ques direct escort to the train by klook representative. Disneyland ticket+ Meal combo, no need to wait in the line, directly redeem the tickets from self withdraw counters. Ocean park+Meal comb. 360 Fun pass attraction package which includes To and fro Cable car to Big buddha+ motion 360 + walking with buddha+ stage 360, which also helped to bypass the long ques. All the attractions/ site seeing fares quoted on klook offers the best rates as compared elsewhere.
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Only one advise is to book the attractions in 2-3 days advance to avoid last minute chaos, sometime they might ask for more details like passport and credit card used for payment for verification purpose.
My experience suggests that they are a scam. They asked for documentation to verify my credit card and when they got it they canceled the order.
They asked passport and credit card used for payment as part of verification. I made sure just to display the name on each of document by covering other fields and received the vouchers. I can not comment on the purpose for asking documents but I provided for 2 orders and after verification they issued the vouchers, which made me happy!
I disagree that this is a scam site. I have used Klook on many occasions. Especially for tickets! they’re really cheaper. I’m from Singapore and even my visit to the Singapore zoo I have purchase from Klook as they are cheaper than local retailers.
Like Zappelin said, I believe the passport and credit card request it likely a verification process (thou it has not happened to me before) Possibly, the same worries you have of identity theft/ misuse of credit card. perhaps that is Klook way of ensuring safer travelling? (just throwing it our there)
I have used Klook for most of the Hongkong tickets as well, Disneyland, NgongPing360 and the airport express is a personal favourite!
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Is My Ecom Club a Scam? (Another Ugly Scam Exposed?!) (2020)
Hello! Welcome to my “My Ecom Club” review!
So Is My Ecom Club a Scam ? Or a an amazing opportunity to make money online?
Scams are everywhere! It’s a GREAT idea that you’re reading reviews before you buy My Ecom Club.
This review is going to give you proof why My Ecom Club is NOT a good place to get started!
Make no mistake! Read this review before jumping in!
My Ecom Club Quick Summary
Name: My Ecom Club
Price: $37-Month + $1000’s of hidden costs
Owner: Rocky Lin or Teo Vee
What is My Ecom Club?
My Ecom Club is an online platform where you get training on how to build online stores.
This program will give you step by step training on how to build a dropshipping business using Shopify and and Aliexpress.
You will learn how to build an online shopping store without having to deal with shipping products or handling the inventory.
That’s dropshipping where the vendor takes care of the shipping and also the returns, it’s a business model where people are killing it.
You can learn more about Dropshipping from this video below!
How Much Does My Ecom Club Cost?
My Ecom Club gives you 4 hours of free training which consists of introduction videos which give you an overview on what you will be doing.
But My Ecom Club comes with heavy costs which I think are way too much!
First of all you need a shopify membership ( $29 a Month for the basic plan) + an Oberlo membership ( $29 a month )
My Ecom Club shows you some upsells in the members area which are:
- $37 to add a My Ecom CLub advisor
- Done for You Package = $1997
There are also more upsells that I have found which include:
My Ecom Club Gold Membership ($97)
This is a training created by Rocky Lin, where you will learn how to create profitable E-commerce websites that make you $1,000’s a month.
You will get access to lots of training and a list of best selling products, you also have a money back guarantee with this one.
Inner Circle Monthly Membership ($37 a Month)
This My Ecom Club membership will give you access to the top tips and tricks that Rocky Lin uses to create profitables dropshipping and e-commerce sites.
Plus you get access to their Private Inner Circle Facebook group where you get access to fellow dropshippers with lots of experience.
Some other benefits include monthly training calls with updates, freebies and more.
My Ecom Club E-Commerce Site Template ($37)
This is a website template that you can instantly install on your website to get a good designed website that is proven to convert.
This is going to cost you $37 only.
These costs I am sharing with you are kind of hidden, there are so many other costs involved that I think it’s just crazy!
Below I explain this in details and also show you how much money other Ecom Club users have paid and regretted!
How My Ecom Club Actually Works!
Here I just want to share with you some UGLY truth that no one at My Ecom Club is going to tell you.
These scam signs I’m about to share with you are also going to help you detect or avoid online scams!
My Ecom Club Red Flags and Scam Signs
#1 The My Ecom Club Negative Reviews!
I have read so MANY negative reviews about the My Ecom Club, so many people have bought into the expensive My Ecom Club memberships and are trying to get refunded .
Below you can see screenshots of the complaints that My Ecom Club has received.
#2 My Ecom Club is Connected with Another Scam!
I have noticed that My Ecom Club is connected with another scam that I have already reviewed on my website.
As you can see My Ecom Club and this big scam share the same address which proves that the owners of My Ecom Club are connected with this scam.
This is the same address as My E-com Club!
Here’s a video review of this scam called Countdown to Profits!
#3 Hidden Costs & Expensive Upsells!
I have showed you above some of their expensive plans and memberships but looks like that’s not all!
Because as some My Ecom Club members say there are more and more expensive costs that amount up to +$50k!
You really DON’T HAVE to fork out all that money to be profitable online that’s really so much!
Crazy costs set by My E-com Club
The worst thing about My E-com Club is that the costs are not told to you, they are basically hidden costs.
It is like they exist to make you spend money as much as possible.
By the way you can read more negative reviews from their BBB page.
#4 Is Rocky Lin a Scam Artist? Looks like Though!
There is confusion when it comes to who is the owner of this site, first of all the domain registration of the myecomclub.com website is anonymous which is a massive red flag!
Secondly, Rocky Lin is a name I am familiar with, this g uy is also behind another scam I have reviewed in the past called My Secret Sites!
Here’s a screenshot of My Secret Sites review, you can click on the orange link above to read the full review.
So If My Ecom Club a Scam?
I don’t want to call My Ecom Club a scam just because they do have training that is not bad.
But do I recommend this? I really don’t.
Please remember that this review is based on my opinion only, you’re a free to buy any product you want.
But I have proved to you that My Ecom Club comes with VERY heavy expenses , the worst thing is most of the upsells are hidden which is unethical.
I have also showed you how My Ecom Club is connected with another scam which has ripped newbies off financially!
I have included screenshots of actual members complaining about My Ecom Club.
Because of all these reasons I DON’T recommend this product!
This is How I Make Money from Home!
You should NOT risk and invest all that money for a hype program like My Ecom CLub, they are unethical and have hidden costs that can amount to $60k!
You can make a solid income from your online business without spending all that money, but you need to forget about E-commerce because it’s too expensive to get started with.
I invite you to get into Affiliate Marketing just like I did, it’s a great online business model where you sell other people products online.
You don’t have to buy any products and the investments are minimal compared to E-commerce, the earning potential is as profitable as E-commerce!
There is a training I recommend that is going to teach you all of this, it’s even free to try!
If you you want to learn more just click on the link below!
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I purchased 2 websites as I was led to believe that with a bit of work I could expect a reasonable income but I did not make one dime. It’s a scam.
On August 9, 2020 I purchased the two website, “Done For You”, package with a personal check for $1997. My Ecom Club stressed that with their constant supervision and support, a person like myself could expect to earn a reasonable, moderate income. What they don’t tell you is that at a certain point, they begin constantly asking you for more and more money! I did not expect to get rich or anything outrageous like that, I just thought that things would go as I was led to believe, namely that if I took the online classes and applied myself, i could expect to earn a moderate income given time. However, They make you sign documents that state you only get 3 days to request a full refund so that if it does not work for you , you can’t even get a refund. I wanted to give this a chance to work so for the next year I took their online classes and consulted with their advisers. Because of the constant drain on my limited finances, not only was I not able to open the 2nd website, but the first website never made one thin dime. On August 16, 2020, I contacted their executive offices and demanded an immediate refund. All I got back was an email on the 19th from account manager Denise Pitts saying that they were denying my refund. I am now convinced that My Ecom Club is a scam directed at separating senior citizens like myself from their limited, fixed incomes. Don’t buy into it or you will be sorry!
Sorry to hear about that Harvin, I’m sure your negative experience will help many people avoid this shady program!
Hi Anis! My Ecom Club has training that’s decent, but it also has too many red flags. Thank you for pointing out all these red flags. The owner’s name is rather humorous: Rocky Lin! But what’s not humorous are those hidden costs and its link to Count Down to Profits (that is a scam).
That’s true Henry, thanks for the feedback!
It’s so good that you’ve created a review on this program. I feel empathy for those who have spent good hard earned money on a program that they thought would be profitable and a way for them to make money, only to find it’s not real or is a scam. It’s unfortunate that there are companies who don’t offer what they say they offer. Anything that offers expensive upsells are also companies to be wary of. When something has that, I steer clear of them. You’ve created such a helpful website.
I agree Kat! Any program that offers expensive useless upsells is more likely to be a scam!
Here are the Top Online Scams You Need to Avoid Today [Updated 2020]
And how cybercriminals use them to trick you
We truly want to believe that the Internet is a safe place where you can’t fall for all types of online scams, but it’s always a good reminder to do a “reality check”. We, humans, can become an easy target for malicious actors who want to steal our most valuable personal data.
Criminal minds can reach these days further than before, into our private lives, our homes and work offices. And there is little we can do about it. Attack tactics and tools vary from traditional attack vectors, which use malicious software and vulnerabilities present in almost all the programs and apps (even in the popular Windows operating systems), to ingenious phishing scams deployed from unexpected regions of the world, where justice can’t easily reach out to catch the eventual perpetrators.
According to a report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), millennials are particularly more vulnerable to online scams than seniors, as shocking as it may seem. The research finds that “40 percent of adults age 20-29 who have reported fraud ended up losing money in a fraud case”.
For this reason, we need to know what are the most popular techniques malicious actors are using to get unauthorized access to our private information and financial data.
We must not forget their final target is always our money and there is nothing they won’t do to accomplish their mission.
Use the links below to quickly navigate the list of online scams you need to stay away from right now.
1. Phishing email scams
More than one third of all security incidents start with phishing emails or malicious attachments sent to company employees, according to a new report from F-Secure.
Phishing scams continue to evolve and be a significant online threat for both users and organizations that could see their valuable data in the hands of malicious actors.
The effects of phishing attacks can be daunting, so it is essential to stay safe and learn how to detect and prevent these attacks.
Phishing scams are based on communication made via email or on social networks. In many cases, cyber criminals will send users messages/emails by trying to trick them into providing them valuable and sensitive data ( login credentials – from bank account, social network, work account, cloud storage) that can prove to be valuable for them.
Moreover, these emails will seem to come from an official source (like bank institutions or any other financial authority, legitime companies or social networks representatives for users.)
This way, they’ll use social engineering techniques by convincing you to click on a specific (and) malicious link and access a website that looks legit, but it’s actually controlled by them. You will be redirect to a fake login access page that resembles the real website. If you’re not paying attention, you might end up giving your login credentials and other personal information.
We’ve seen many spam email campaigns in which phishing were the main attack vector for malicious criminals used to spread financial and data stealing malware.
In order for their success rate to grow, scammers create a sense of urgency. They’ll tell you a frightening story of how your bank account is under threat and how you really need to access as soon as possible a site where you must insert your credentials in order to confirm your identity or your account.
After you fill in your online banking credentials, cyber criminals use them to breach your real bank account or to sell them on the dark web to other interested parties.
Here’s an example of a sophisticated email scam making the rounds that you should be very careful.
Use this complete guide on how to detect and prevent phishing attacks (filled with screenshots and actionable tips) to better fight these attacks.
2. The Nigerian scam
Probably one of the oldest and most popular Internet scams used mostly by a member of a Nigerian family with wealth to trick different people. It is also known as “Nigerian 419”, and named after the section of Nigeria’s Criminal Code which banned the practice.
A typical Nigerian scam involves an emotional email, letter, text message or social networking message coming from a scammer (which can be an official government member, a businessman or a member of a very wealthy family member – usually a woman) who asks you to give help in retrieving a large sum of money from a bank, paying initially small fees for papers and legal matters. In exchange for your help, they promise you a very large sum of money.
They will be persistent and ask you to pay more and more money for additional services, such as transactions or transfer costs. You’ll even receive papers that are supposed to make you believe that it’s all for real. In the end, you are left broke and without any of the promised money.
Here’s how a Nigerian scam could look like:
3. Greeting card scams
Whether it’s Christmas or Easter, we all get all kind of holiday greeting cards in our email inbox that seem to be coming from a friend or someone we care.
Greeting card scams are another old Internet scams used by malicious actors to inject malware and harvest users’ most valuable data.
If you open such an email and click on the card, you usually end up with malicious software that is being downloaded and installed on your operating system. The malware may be an annoying program that will launch pop-ups with ads, unexpected windows all over the screen.
If your system becomes infected with such dangerous malware, you will become one of the bots which are part of a larger network of affected computers. If this happens, your computer will start sending private data and financial information to a fraudulent server controlled by IT criminals.
To keep yourself safe from identity theft and data breach, we recommend using a specialized security program against this type of online threats.
To find out more information about financial malware, read this article. And here’s how you can tell if your computer was infected with malware.
4. Bank loan or credit card scam
People can be easily scammed by “too good to be true” bank offers that might guarantee large amounts of money and have already been pre-approved by the bank. If such an incredible pre-approved loan is offered to you, ask yourself:
“How is it possible for a bank to offer you such a large sum of money without even checking and analyzing your financial situation?”
Though it may seem unlikely for people to get trapped by this scam, there’s still a big number of people who lost money by paying the “mandatory” processing fees required by the scammers.
Here are 9 warning signs and sneaky tactics to watch out and avoid becoming a business loan scam.
As regards to credit card scams, a recent report from the Identity Theft Resources Center said that the number of credit and debit card breaches have been on the rise last year. To better safeguard your data and prevent thieves from getting access to your payment card details, consider:
- Watching your accounts closely and monitor your online transactions;
- Taking advantage of free consumer protection services;
- Signing up for free credit monitoring.
5. Lottery scam
This is another classic Internet scam which doesn’t seem to get old. A lottery scam comes as an email message informing you that you won a huge amount of money and, in order to claim your prize or winnings, you need to pay some small fees.
Lucky you, right?! It doesn’t even matter that you don’t recall ever purchasing lottery tickets.
Since it addresses some of our wildest fantasies, such as quitting our jobs and living off the fortune for the rest of our lives, without ever having to work again, our imagination falls prey easily to amazing scenarios someone can only dream of.
But the dream ends as soon as you realize you have been just another scam victim. DO NOT fall for this online scam and have a look at this checklist to see if you are getting scammed.
6. Hitman scam
One of the most frequent Internet scams you can meet online is the “hitman” extortion attempt. Cybercriminals will send you an email threatening to extort money from you. This type of online scam may come in various forms, such as the one threatening that they will kidnap a family member unless a ransom is paid in a time frame provided by the scammers.
To create the appearance of real danger, the message is filled with details from the victim’s life, collected from an online account, a personal blog or from a social network account.
That’s why it’s not safe to provide any sensitive or personal information about you on social media channels. It might seem like a safe and private place, where you’re only surrounded by friends, but in reality, you can never know for sure who’s watching you.
Also, it’s better to be a little bit paranoid and protect all your digital assets like everyone is watching. Here’s how a Hitman scam looks like:
7. Online dating (romance) scams
As the Internet plays an important role in our social lives, with apps like Facebook or Instagram we access every day, it’s inevitable to use apps to look for love as well.
Online dating apps are very popular these days and they are a great way to meet your future life partners. I have actually an example with a friend of mine who was lucky enough to find her future husband on a dating site.
But not all scenarios have a “happy end” like this one, and you need to be very careful because you never know who can you meet.
A romance scam usually takes place on social dating networks, like Facebook, or by sending a simple email to the potential target, and affect thousands of victims from all over the world.
The male scammers are often located in West Africa, while the female scammers are mostly from the eastern parts of Europe.
Cybercriminals have abused this scamming method for years by using online dating services. They improved their approach just by testing the potential victims’ reactions.
According to research published in the British Journal of Criminology last month, the techniques (and psychological methods) used by scammers in online romance scams are similar to those used in the domestic violence cases.
To avoid becoming a victim of these Internet scams, you need to learn how to better protect yourself.
Knowing that hundreds of women and men from all over the globe are victims of this online scams, we recommend using these security tips for defensive online dating, including warning signs that could help you from becoming an easy target.
I would also recommend reading these real stories and learn from them, so you don’t fall for these online scams:
8. Fake antivirus software
We all saw at least once this message on our screens: “You have been infected! Download antivirus X right now to protect your computer!”
Many of these pop-ups were very well created to look like legitimate messages that you might get from Windows or any other security product.
If you are lucky, there is nothing more than an innocent hoax that will bother you by displaying unwanted pop-ups on your screen while you browse online. In this case, to get rid of the annoying pop-ups, we recommend scanning your system using a good antivirus product.
If you are not so lucky, your system can end up getting infected with malware, such as a Trojan or a keylogger. This kind of message could also come from one of the most dangerous ransomware threats around, such as CryptoLocker, which is capable of blocking and encrypting your operating system and requesting you a sum of money in exchange for the decryption key.
To avoid this situation, we recommend enhancing your online protection with a specialized security product against financial malware and complement your traditional antivirus program.
Also, make sure you do not click on pop-up windows that annoyingly warn you’ve been infected with a virus. Remember to always apply the existing updates for your software products, and install only legitimate software programs from verified websites.
9. Facebook impersonation scam (hijacked profile scam)
Facebook. Everyone is talking about it these days and the scandal about Cambridge Analytica firm harvesting personal data taken from millions of this social media channel without users’ consent.
It’s still the most popular social media network where everyone is active and uses it on a daily basis to keep in touch with friends and colleagues. Unfortunately, it has become also the perfect place for online scammers to find their victims.
Just imagine your account being hacked by a cybercriminal and gaining access to your close friends and family. Nobody wants that!
Since it is so important for your privacy and online security, you should be very careful in protecting your personal online accounts just the way you protect your banking or email account.
Facebook security wise, these tips might help you stay away from these online scams:
- Do not accept friend requests from people you don’t know
- Do not share your password with others
- When logging in, use two-factor authentication
- Avoid connecting to public and free Wi-Fi networks
- Keep your browser and apps updated
- Add an additional layer of security and use proactive cybersecurity software.
To enhance your online privacy, I recommend reading our full guide on Facebook security and privacy.
10. Make money fast scams (Economic scams)
Cybercriminals will lure you into believing you can make money easy and fast on the internet. They’ll promise you non-existent jobs, including plans and methods of getting rich quickly.
It is a quite simple and effective approach, because it addresses a basic need for money, especially when someone is in a difficult financial situation.
This scamming method is similar to the romance scam mentioned above, where the cyber attackers address the emotional side of victims. The fraudulent posting of non-existent jobs for a variety of positions is part of the online criminals’ arsenal.
Using various job types, such as work-at-home scams, the victim is lured into giving away personal information and financial data with the promise of a well-paid job that will bring lots of money in a very short period of time.
Read and apply these ten tips that can help you avoid some of the most common financial scams.
11. Travel scams
These scams are commonly used during hot summer months or before the short winter vacations, for Christmas or New Year’s Day.
Here’s how it happens: you receive an email containing an amazing offer for an exceptional and hard to refuse destination (usually an exotic place) that expires in a short period of time which you can’t miss. If it sounds too good to be true, it might look like a travel scam, so don’t fall for it!
The problem is that some of these offers actually hide some necessary costs until you pay for the initial offer. Others just take your money without sending you anywhere.
In such cases, we suggest that you study carefully the travel offer and look for hidden costs, such as: airport taxes, tickets that you need to pay to access a local attraction, check if the meals are included or not, other local transportation fees between your airport and the hotel or between the hotel and the main attractions mentioned in the initial offer, etc.
As a general rule, we suggest that you go with the trustworthy, well-known travel agencies. You can also check if by paying individually for plane tickets and for accommodation you receive the same results as in the received offer.
If you love to travel, you can easily fall prey to airline scams by simply looking for free airline tickets. Airline scams are some of the most popular travel scams, and we recommend applying these valuable tips.
12. Bitcoin scams
If you (want to) invest in Bitcoin technology, we advise you to be aware of online scams. Digital wallets can be open to hacking and scammers take advantage of this new technology to steal sensitive data.
Bitcoin transactions should be safe, but these five examples of Bitcoin scams show how they happen and how you can lose your money.
The most common online scams to watch out for:
- Fake Bitcoin exchanges
- Ponzi schemes
- Everyday scam attempts
Here’s how you can spot a Bitcoin scam and how to stay safe online.
13. Fake news scam
The spread of fake news on the Internet is a danger to all of us because it has an impact on the way we filter all the information we found and read on social media. It’s a serious problem that should concern our society, mostly for the misleading resources and content found online, making it impossible for people to distinguish between what’s real and what is not.
We recommend accessing/reading only reliable sources of information coming from friends or people you know read regular feeds from trusted sources: bloggers, industry experts, in order to avoid fake news.
This type of scam could come in the form of a trustworthy website you know and often visit, but being a fake one created by scammers with the main purpose to rip you off. It could be a spoofing attack which is also involved in fake news and refers to fake websites that might link you to a buy page for a specific product, where you can place an order using your credit card.
To avoid becoming a victim of online scams, you can use tech tools such as Fact Check from Google or Facebook’s tool aimed at detecting whether a site is legitimate or not, analyzing its reputation and data.
Cybersecurity experts believe that these Internet scams represent a threat for both organizations and employees, exposing and infecting their computers with potential malware.
14. Fake shopping websites
We all love shopping and it’s easier and more convenient to do it on the Internet with a few clicks. But for your online safety, be cautious about the sites you visit. There are thousands of websites out there that provide false information and might redirect you to malicious links, giving hackers access to your most valuable data.
If you spot a great online offer which is “too good to be true”, you might be tempted to say “yes” instantly, but you need to learn how to spot a fake shopping site so you don’t get scammed.
We strongly recommend reading these online shopping security tips to keep yourself safe from data breaches, phishing attacks or other online threats.
15. Loyalty points phishing scam
Many websites have a loyalty program to reward their customers for making different purchases, by offering points or coupons. This is subject to another online scam because cybercriminals can target them and steal your sensitive data. If you think anyone wouldn’t want to access them, think again.
The most common attack is a phishing scam that looks like a real email coming from your loyalty program, but it’s not. Malicious hackers are everywhere, and it takes only one click for malware to be installed on your PC and for hackers to have access to your data.
As it might be difficult to detect these phishing scams, you may find useful this example of a current phishing campaign targets holders of Payback couponing cards, as well as some useful tips and tricks to avoid being phished.
16. Job offer scams
Sadly, there are scammers everywhere – even when you are looking for a job – posing as recruiters or employers. They use fake and “attractive” job opportunities to trick people.
It starts with a phone call (or a direct message on LinkedIn) from someone claiming to be a recruiter from a well-known company who saw your CV and saying they are interested in hiring you. Whether you’ve applied or not, the offer might be very appealing, but don’t fall into this trap.
To protect yourself from job offer scams, it’s very important to:
- Do thorough research about the company and see what information you can find about it;
- Check the person who’s been contacted you on social media channels;
- Ask for many details and references and check them out;
- Ask your friends or trustworthy people if they know or interacted with the potential employer.
To avoid these types of online job scams, check this article.
17. SMS Scaming (Smshing)
Smartphones. You can’t live without them in the era of the Internet. They’ve become essential for communication, online shopping, banking or any other online activity.
Needless to say the amount of data we store on our personal devices which make them vulnerable to cybercriminals, always prepared to steal our online identities or empty our bank accounts.
Smishing (using SMS text messages) is a similar technique to phishing, but, instead of sending emails, malicious hackers send text messages to their potential victims.
How does this happen? You receive an urgent text message on your smartphone with a link attached saying that it’s from your bank and you need to access it in order to update your bank information or other online banking information.
Be careful about these SMS you receive and don’t click on suspicious links that could redirect to malicious sites trying to steal your valuable data. These useful tips can help you easily spot these types of online scams.
18. Overpayment Online Scam
If you are considering selling different items on specialized online sites, we strongly recommend watching out for overpayment scam.
A typically overpayment online scam like this works by getting the potential victim “to refund” the scammer an extra amount of money because he/she send too much money. The offer will often be quite generous and bigger than the agreed price. The overpay (extra money) is to cover the costs of shipping or certain custom fees.
One such story can unfold right now and can happen to each of you. This happened to one of our Heimdal Security team members. After smiling a bit and seeing the method, we did realize that’s a common online scam and we had to share it with you. Also, we included a few security tips and actionable advice to prevent falling prey to overpayment online scam.
Our colleague posted a sofa for sale on a Danish site called dba.dk which is a sort of a flea market online. After a few days, he received a message from a person claiming to be interested in the item and willing to pay more than the price offered, via PayPal account.
Here’s how a scam email looks like in which the malicious person asks for personal information to transfer the money.
Also, here’s the confirmation email coming from the scammer which shows that he paid an extra amount for the sofa, including extra shipping fees and MoneyGram charges the extra fee for transportation.
After that, he also got another email saying that he needs to refund the extra amount of money, including the shipping and transportation charges to a certain shipping agent via MoneyGram transfer.
Here’s how the phishing email looks like that you should be very careful and don’t fall for it:
Follow these security tips to protect yourself from overpayment online scam:
- If you notice a suspicious email coming from an untrusted source or something out of ordinary, you should report it as soon as possible.
- If you receive a similar email like the one our colleague got, do not transfer extra money to someone you don’t know, especially if he/she wants to overpay. A legitimate buyer won’t do that.
- Also, do not transfer money to a fake shipping company or some private shipping agent, because it’s part of a scam and you need to be very careful.
- Do not provide personal information to people who don’t show a genuine interest in buying your item.
- Do not send the product to the buyer until the payment was completed and received in your bank account.
19. Tech Support Online Scams
Here’s another online scam that is common and you need to be extra careful. The next time your smartphone rings and you don’t know the number, think twice before answering. Maybe it’s not your friend on the other end of the phone, maybe it’s the scammer!
According to a recent report “nearly half of all cellphone calls next year will come from scammers”, so we need to learn how to better detect and prevent such malicious actions coming from skilled persons.
Tech support scams are very common and widespread these days. Scammers use various social engineering techniques to trick potential victims into giving their sensitive information. Even worst, they try to convince potential victims to pay for unnecessary technical support services.
These tech “experts” pretend to know everything about your computer, how it got hacked and many other details that help them gain your trust and convince victims to fall prey for their scams.
A scenario like this can happen as we write this, and one of our Heimdal Security team members recently got a phone scam call. While we got amused by the conversation he had with the person pretending to work for an Indian tech support company, we realized it can happen to anyone which can become an easy target.
The person, pretending to be the representative of a software company and experienced one, is informing our colleague that his computer got hacked by cybercriminals, and offers to guide him and solve this urgent problem.
With poor English skills, he gives details about the serial number of the computer, and provide guidance to access the unique computer ID, trying to misrepresent a normal system as having serious issues. After a few minutes, the call is transferred to another tech representative who informs our colleague that they detected unusual activity going through his computer. He’s been told that multiple attempts have been seen on the PC in which hackers tried to get unauthorized access to his computer.
Our colleague detected this as being a scam and didn’t go along with it, but for someone without technical knowledge, it may not be so easy to spot.
You can listen to this call here:
If someone else would have fallen prey for this online scam, things would have gone even further. The so-called tech scammers could persuade the potential victim to give them remote access to the system. To “help” the victim, scammers mention about additional software that is required to be installed and victims need to pay for these software victims, hence, provide credit card details. You can find out more info here
How to avoid getting scammed by tech support “specialists”
To avoid becoming an easy target of these sneaky tech support scammers, we strongly recommend following these basic rules:
- Do not trust phone calls coming from people pretending to come from tech “experts”, especially if they are requesting for personal or financial information;
- DO NOT PROVIDE sensitive data to them or purchase any software services scammers may suggest you as a solution to fix your tech problem.
- DO NOT allow strangers to remotely access your computer and potentially install malicious software;
- Make sure you download software apps and services only from official vendor sites;
- Don’t take it for granted when a stranger calls you out of the blue, pretending to have a technical solution for your issues. Make sure you ask for proof of their identity and do a quick research about the company they are calling you from;
- Always have an antivirus program installed on your computer, and for more protection, consider adding multiple layers of security with a proactive security solution like Thor Premium Home, which will stop any type of online threats.
- Have a security-first mindset and be suspicious about everything around you. Also, consider investing in education and learn as much as possible about cybersecurity. Here’s how you can reduce spam phone calls.
Since some scams are so well organized and really convincing, and people behind them so difficult to catch, we need to always keep our guard up. Stay informed about the latest scamming strategies.
Have you met some of the above scams while browsing or in your email inbox? What were the most convincing ones?
*This article was initially published by Andra Zaharia in January 2020.”
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