Any time there are tragedies or natural disasters, incidents involving well-known personalities or any occasions that garner significant media attention, scammers and hackers see an “opportunity”.
When tragic incidents occur, fraudulent appeals for charitable donations and fake charity sites pop up. When “juicy” stories make the news, websites promising the latest pictures or information quickly surface. For sporting meets and other recurring events or holidays, email scams regularly abound.
The aim is to get you to click on a link or access a scammer’s website, rather than one of the sites you normally visit. The result could be an automatic attempt to secretly load malicious code to your computer. Or the email or website could contain deceptive, convincing tactics to get you to:
Help protect yourself from popular scams:
With care and caution, you can help protect yourself from online criminals.