The same advice parents might deliver to young drivers on their first solo journey applies to everyone who wants to navigate safely online. A special agent in our Cyber Division offered the following
Common Fraud Schemes
Some of the most common Fraud Scams that the FBI encounters and as well as tips to help prevent you from being victimized. More detailes Visit the Bureau’s White-Collar Crime and the Cyber Crime webpages for information on more fraud schemes
Jobs Scam have you seen online job ads seeking would-be male social escorts? In this type of the job scam, victims responding to these ads are told they would be introduced to the rich female clients – but only after the pay a registration fee. However, after paying up, the scammers tell the victims that they need to pay others fees such as insurance and membership, before disappearing with the money.
Have you received an any SMS/WhatsApp message offering loan services? If yes, ignore such messages as these could be advertising messages sent out by scammers. Morew details at Loan Scam website
Online Purchase Scame
- Bear in mind that the party that you are the dealing with online is a stranger. Before performing a transaction on an online shopping site, find out how the site safeguards your interest and or can help you resolve disputes
- If advance the payments are required, use shopping platforms that provide arrangements to only release your payment of to the seller upon your receipt of the item
- Only buy from original online vendors; research the vendor by searching for the reviews about them
- Only transact with people you trust and verify the seller’s identity with a phone number if possible.
- Be mindful that the although culprits may provide a copy of an identification card or driver’s licence to gain your trust and it may not necessarily belong for to the person communicating with you online
- Never give to for bank account numbers, credit card numbers or personal information to anyone you do not trust or have not checked out beforehand
- Thinking about what are the information is necessary for the purchase and do not give out any more
- Note that scammers may use a for the local bank account to enhance their credibility; however the owner of the account may not be the person communicating with you online
- Insist on meeting up and the pay only after collecting your items and especially if responding to online classified advertisements