Nowadays, more and more people are working, shopping, socializing, and even banking online. Unfortunately, the opportunities for scammers are growing as well. In fact, Statista reports that $4.2 billion was lost in 2020 to internet crime.
Here are some of the most common tech scams to look out for:
Fake tech support scams
There are many scammers on the internet offering phony tech support. You will receive an unsolicited email, pop-up message, or phone call from someone pretending to be a representative of a renowned tech company like Apple. The callers will then try to convince you that there is a problem with your software or device. Once you are convinced, they will ask you to give them remote access to your device or to buy software that you don’t need. When you surrender control of your device, the scammers will install malware that gives them access to your usernames and passwords.
If an error or pop-up message appears with a phone number, do not call that number. And don’t click links or download any software from unsolicited emails. Report any tech scams immediately to the Federal State Commission at reportfraud.ftc.gov.
If your organization falls prey to malware, you’ll need an IT team with proven experience to clean up your systems, remove the malware, and assess the damage. Tech One IT can provide this service. Contact us for an analysis: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fake unemployment claims
In 2020, 18.3 million Americans claimed unemployment benefits. However, there were many cases of phony claims for unemployment. An investigation by USA Today revealed that fraudsters were paid about $36 billion in fake jobless claims. For each false claim, business owners are required to report the claim within a short timeframe, or pay the benefits claimed.
Online job scams
Online job scams are another way for criminals to gain access to personal information such as credit card data, bank account information, or your social security number. Such scams are targeted at people that are desperate for jobs. Scammers will pretend to be a legitimate employer and post job ads on social media or job sites. At Tech One IT, we’ve even seen people copy and paste our own job posts, and contact applicants claiming to be one of our hiring managers. Fortunately, our IT team uncovered the scam by closely monitoring our brand presence.
Unfortunately, technology scams are becoming more and more sophisticated. To protect financial and privacy data, it is imperative that company owners maintain high standards for cyber security. In order to assess your situation, and provide advice on locking down your network, reach out to Tech One IT today: email@example.com