Top 4 Ways Scammers Can Get To Your Computer And How To Prevent It

By | June 9, 2015

Want To Avoid These Havocs On Your Computer ?

Let Me Show You!


 

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Today I will like to talk about top 4 tricks scammers can use to get to your computer by giving you fake antivirus, then steal your personal information and cause untold havoc on your computer.

 

The Purpose of This Post


At the end of this post, you should be able to :-

  1. Identify these 4 tricks scammers use
  2. How to prevent and guard against it happening
  3. Find the best platform to secure your online business

 

Top 4 Ways Scammers Can Get To Your Computer


#1 Hyperlink and Email Attachments

hyperlink and mail attachment

 

One sure fire way scammers can get into your computer fast is by sending email with attachment and hyperlink in the body of the mail to your inbox.

They knew you can not usually tell the different from a fake mail from your bank or your favourite subscription to your original mail from your real bank.

For example don’t be fooled by fake email from your :

  • Banks
  • FedEx
  • UPS
  • Insurance
  • Local Authority
  • DHL
  • And the various other familiar organization

These fake emails usually starts by informing you that there is a problem with your account or subscription and you shouldn’t worry or panic because they can help you fix it remotely. All you have to do is give them few personal details and you are good to go.

These emails at times looks very legitimate with company logos and branded letter heads  well displayed. Even the best of Sherlock Holmes can not detect if it is a fake or not at a first glance.

How To Prevent This From Happening


  1. Do not, I repeat do not click on the attachment
  2. Do not click on the link inside the mail
  3. Open a fresh web browser
  4. Enter the original web address on your browser as you knew it on a different window.
  5. Enter the web address of the company that the email claimed to come from.
  6. Log in to check if there is any problem with your account. Usually there is nothing wrong with your account because your bank for example will never ever ask you for personal information on the mail or on the phone.

 

#2 Cold Calling Phone Scams


phone scam

This is by far the most annoying ways scammers will try to get into your computer these days and the worst part is; it is still happening.

Yes !

And if you are in doubt, just ask your close neighbour.

I am not sure why it has continued to grow. May be the authorities are yet to find a perfect way to deal with these perpetrators or may be people are not reporting it enough.

Well here you go …

They operates by cold calling your house or office phone. When you pick the phone, they will tell you that they are calling from Microsoft technical repair office or they are Microsoft repair representative. They usually start with :-

  • Your computer has a virus
  • Your computer is loading slowly
  • They will need to remotely fix your computer

That they noticed that your computer is loading slowly or have a problem of some sort but you shouldn’t worry because they can fix it remotely.

All you need do is go to your computer, click this and click that and then your problem will be solved.

And bingo !

That is how they take over your computer remotely from where ever they may be calling from.

It is not over yet though!

The worst part is you still have to pay for the remote services with your credit card or payment details.

That is how they get you twice in one go.

  1. First they take over your computer and your personal information
  2. Secondly they ask you to pay for the services via the phone and that way your bank and credit card payment details can be taken over again.

 

How To Prevent Phone Scams From Happening To You


  • Hung up the phone immediately when someone calls to say they are from Microsoft repair team or something close. (I usually tell them where to shove it!)
  • Never let anyone remotely take over your computer.
  • Go to scam alert online or crime watch and report to your local authority immediately.
  • If they ask you for any payment of some sort, drop the phone and report to the police immediately.
  • Never let them take control of your computer remotely because if they do and you don’t pay, they will lock you out of your own computer until you do so.
  • Microsoft does not call individual customers direct. Never answer the phone to anyone claiming they represent such multi-national organization.

 

#3 Anti-Virus Programs That Looks-Alike


watchout

 

Something like that but the problem is how could you know the difference if it is real or not?

You may also see ads that look like :

  • AVG anti-virus updates
  • Java updates
  • Adobe Flash Reader updates
  • Adobe flash player updates
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • And many more out there

Scammers are probably beginning to design their malware to look exactly like the real anti virus

Really?

If you noticed such pop ups appears with such warning despite the fact that your computer is well protected by your own anti-virus and your computer is running fine, then you should not click on it. (Alarm bells !!!)

 

How To Avoid Anti-Virus Program That Looks-Alike


To do this safely you should:

  • Go to the official program website to install the latest update instead.
  • Do not click anything on the pop up instead close it to remove it from your monitor.
  • Open a separate window and type in the website address in the address bar in your browser so you can find and install the software update you want.
  • If you have too many anti-virus programs running at the same time, try to un-install the ones you are not comfortable with.
  • Normally your anti-virus program will update automatically unless you have an expired membership account or subscription.

 

#4 Spamming Comments On Your Website And Blogs


Yep! You will be amazed and guess what?

It is still happening…

A lot of you may not be familiar with this problem but as far as starting an online business is concerned and you are an entrepreneur who is trying to earn extra money with your online business then this is not news to you.

We all like comments on our blogs and websites because it is not only good for SEOs, site trust by Google and rankings but also a great way to connect and relate with your esteemed readers.

But don’t be surprised when someone or something tries to spam the hell out of your work with some meaningless and repetitive comments or so which has a very bad hidden agenda.

Take a look at this spam comment for example:

spam comments

I mean who in their right mind will want to comment on someone’s website or blog site like this ?

What their end game is I have no idea but I know for sure it can never be  anything good or beneficial to you and your computer because it doesn’t make any sense at all.

 

How To Avoid Such Scam Attempt On Your WordPress Website and Blogs


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Conclusively


To recap from the beginning, it is now clear that I have helped you to

  • Understand how to identify the top 4 ways scammers can get to your computer
  • Understand how to prevent them from happening to you
  • Understand and showed you the best platform to secure your online business WordPress websites and blogs

It is now left for you take responsive action and protect your self and business.

The list above is not all of it but the topmost four out of many ways scammers can get into your computer are enumerated above.

Do you have anymore ? Please do share in the box below so we can all learn.

 

Also if I have helped you gain new knowledge today would you mind sharing the heck out of this post for me on your social media networks?

 

-Richard



2 thoughts on “Top 4 Ways Scammers Can Get To Your Computer And How To Prevent It

  1. Neil

    Hi Richard!

    Thanks for the many and awesome tips here on blocking out the scammers.

    I have already been a victim of computer hacks and know exatcly how the scam artists use any means they can to get their hands on our money, amongst other files and information on our computers.

    They go to any lengths these days, but with thanks to your article, I will be able to keep them at bay.

    Thanks very much.

    Neil

    Reply
    1. Richard U Post author

      Hi Neil,
      Thanks for the comment and yes I tell it as it is.

      The most annoying part is when they call your phone claiming to be calling from some Microsoft authorised repair outlet and that your computer has a problem and that they would like to fix remotely if you can give them access!!

      I usually start by telling them where to shove it and then end the conversation by making sure I bang the phone down with ultimate hope that an ear drum will be shattered on the other side.

      Thanks Neil for sharing and you are always welcome.

      Reply

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