During Get Safe Online Week, web users are being warned about various online threats, including organised criminal gangs tricking them into downloading malicious software.
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Facebook users are being warned not to fall for offers of free plane tickets on the social networking website.
Scammers are posting messages on Facebook advertising free JetBlue Airways or free Delta airline tickets. If you do click on the link offering these tickets, you are taken to a page that says you need to ‘connect’ in order to receive them. You are then asked to give permission to the third-party application to grant access to your profile.
Women aged 25-34 are the most likely to fall victim to online scams, according to research from Knowthenet.
To help people protect themselves online, security experts conducted an experiment which measured the ability of more than 2,000 people to spot and respond appropriately to seven online scam scenarios. The scams included scenarios such as identifying fake social networking pages, and testing how internet users respond to competition scams or the sale of counterfeit goods online.
As Christmas shoppers are looking set to spend more online this year, the banking industry is urging people to follow their guidelines to make sure they shop safely.
More than 32million of us have shopped online in the last year. The ‘Be Card Smart’ campaign aims to raise awareness about a simple checklist that shoppers should follow.
Be Card Smart security tips:
Owners of Apple Mac computers are being warned that they need anti-virus protection to help them fight online threats.
Some Mac users believe that anti-virus protection is not necessary, but according to Sophos, there are a number of threats to Mac computers.
Online threats to Macs
The Muslim community is being warned to watch out for fraudsters who steal hundreds of thousands of pounds from pilgrims travelling to Mecca.
The scammers pose as legitimate travel operators who offer discounts of up to 50% off the usual price to make pilgrimages to Mecca. Shortly before departure, the tour operator closes and leaves victims both without the tour and with no refund.
Hajj fraud victims lose thousands
Residents are being warned about ‘rogue pavers’ following a series of complaints to Trading Standards.
People who have used some driveway repair companies have been left with faults, unfinished work and unreasonable charges.
Trading Standards is warning people to watch out for tradesmen who:
Scammers are taking advantage of Facebook users who want to know who has blocked them or removed them from their list of friends.
If you click to add the third-party application called ‘Who doesn’t like me’, scammers can gain access to information on your Facebook profile. Users are then asked to complete surveys, which earn scammers money. Applications such as these often spread the rogue messages tempting more people to click on the link via victims’ profiles.