By now we all know that Internet crime is rampant on the web, and that most of the crime is aimed at us, the Internet computer users. I’ve stated many times that in order to avoid phishing scams and schemes, computer users must be suspicious of all messages sent to them and to obey their “gut” feeling if they have the slightest hesitation to click.
Phishing involves messages sent to users to entice them to click on a link that will lead them to a malicious website that will inject malware onto their computer.
In order for our “gut” to know if we’re about to do something dangerous, we need to educate ourselves about the current Internet crime schemes. I recommend two sites that list and explain the latest threats of this kind. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation site’s Internet Crime Schemes page, and the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Both give a concise, plain language explanation of currently reported Internet crimes.
I would visit them once a week or so to stay updated on the type of Internet crimes that could arrive at the next email you open or the next Internet website you visit. It’s worth the effort…and you’ll be glad you did.
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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