How to Avoid Getting Duped From Fraudulent Schemes
Khalid Khan
November 25
What is a Scam?

A scam is a fraudulent scheme through which a scammer deceives people by acquiring and misusing their details.

There are several communication methods through which scammers target people like online banking, emails, text messages, and online transactions to build the trust of people at the initial stage.

Who is the Potential Target for Scammers?

Scammers don't have any special criteria to focus on and target people of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels. People can easily fall into the lies of these scammers as their behavior and communication are friendly and normally nobody would suspect them. With the use of modern technology, scammers are getting smarter and they know how to create stories to get people into believing them and sharing their details.

So, How do You Protect Yourself from Scammers?

Be alert of unknown approaches.
Whenever a person is approached by some unknown source, either via a phone call, email or through a social network there, is a chance of them dealing with a scammer. The approach may reflect some truth but in reality, it's just a cover-up for a scam.
Extensive research should be done.
It is always recommended to conduct extensive research on the business with whom a person only met online and not sure of his true business nature.
Always delete pop-up windows, suspicious texts and emails.
It is always important to conduct an online search before referring/accessing suspicious emails for the security of your device and your details.
Secure your personal details.
To secure your details always make sure a person's mailbox remains locked and before throwing any personal document into the trash, it should be shred into pieces. A person should also be mindful of sharing personal information online as scammers are always around to target you through a fake identity.
Choose difficult passwords and never share them with others.
It should be a common practice to set passwords of your accounts that are not easy to guess and should not be shared with anyone. A mixture of upper and lower letters, symbols, and numbers should be in place to set up a strong password.
Beware of sharing account details with anyone.
Everyone should be careful while dealing with someone you don't know personally. Any details relating to debit/credit card and online bank account details should never be shared and this can get you in big trouble and can result in money laundering which is a criminal offense.
Always use trust worthy methods while shopping online.
While shopping online always use payment methods that are trustworthy, safe, and secure. While making a transaction through virtual currencies like Bitcoin, the risk factor is very high because there is no money-back guarantee in case of any loss.

There are several ways through which criminals/scammers access the personal details and financial account details of a person. Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. To remain safe and secure from scammers everyone should follow the above instructions.