This week focused on looking at scammers, identity theft and cyber bullying. Scams can come in many forms, such as via email, social media, phone or mail. But they all have one aspect in common being that they all aim to obtain your personal information and they usually steal money from their victims.
The link here shows how consumers have currently been scammed out of their personal details in exchange for a shopping voucher that does not work. Surveys are done legitimately all the time in exchange for goods, but they are becoming a common way to scam consumers as well. This article shows how easy it can be for scammers to get your information. By linking their surveys in through social media sites, they make them look more legitimate than they really are.
Consumers need to become vigilant on how easily they give out their personal information. If it seems too good to be true, then it usually is, so double check the details with the company. Bank details or credit card details should never be given out to anyone asking for them. The mind map below looks at other tips on how to avoid being scammed