Do you know what scams are? Where do they come from and why do people create them? How do you know when you have encountered one?
Scams are fake websites that people create to get people’s personal information and details. Scams come from people that want to make money, people sometimes want revenge on others, or maybe for jokes. Scams are a dishonest scheme or a fraud.
There are many types of scams some of them include things like:
Attempts to gain personal information
Like companies trying to get information
Buying or selling
Someone trying to sell you something that you don’t want
Fake charities trying to get you to donate money to their cause
Unexpected big amounts of money
A large amount of money at a weird time
Like a new big expensive thing that is fifty percent off at a weird time
Weird emails that try to gain your personal information or try to hack you
Something that is too good to be true
Like a new membership that is suddenly free that you really wanted, but isn’t true
Sometimes you don’t know if you have just encountered a scam, but there are ways to recognize and identify them. This is very helpful because if a scam or maybe fake information looks believable but you are not sure it can confirm your suspicions.
You can tell when you are being scammed by checking these things; a company is contacting you out of the blue, you are being rushed, your bank account is asking for your password or PIN number and personal information, an email you have received is full of bad grammar and spelling mistakes.
Sometimes scams can be dangerous if you get an email or a text with a link and you click on it a virus can go into your computer, phone, iPad (etc).
You can protect yourself from scams by doing these things, do not open suspicious texts, don’t open any pop-up windows or click on any links, don’t click attachments in emails, keep your personal details to yourself, be careful when shopping online, and beware of any requests for your money or information. That can help you so you don’t get tricked into some scams easily.
Mr. Hart a Digital Literacy teacher says “ There are too many scams on the internet, and I feel bad for all of the people that fall for them.”
I agree with Mr. Hart you need to be aware of all of the scams on the internet, it’s a dark place where bad things can happen. People fall for scams every day, and there are some really believable ones.
Ella Mullins a student that is highly educated in scams and is also doing an article on phishing attacks says, “I have been scammed before, the scammer made a message on Instagram under my friend’s name.” She also said, “When I clicked on the link, there was an alert that showed up. Warning me that the Insta message that was sent to me was a phishing message.” Then she told me, “I was confused, but learning about phishing in our teacher, Mr. Hart’s class made me know not to click on the link, delete the email, and tell a parent/trusted adult.”
We think you need to know how to identify scams and protect yourself from them so you don’t get tricked into them.
In conclusion, scams are really bad, they can be very dangerous. Some people are very gullible when it comes to this type of thing, especially the really convincing scams.