It starts out innocently enough: You see the quiz on your friend’s profile, click on it, and enter your cell phone number as instructed.The quiz pops up, you take it and find out you’re more an Alice than a Bella, and promptly post it on your profile for all of your friends to see and participate in.While there are many ways you can be duped online, you can arm yourself by learning to recognize the most common scams.Keep your guard up, and always keep an eye out for anything that looks suspicious.This continues until you, the unsuspecting victim, realize that money is only going one way: out of your bank account.Thanks to social networking sites, you can connect with friends, relatives, and even celebrities all over the world. You can also connect with a wide variety of cybercriminals who specialize in online hoaxes.Stein” with a request to help recover large sums of money from an overseas bank. It seems like a win-win situation, so you respond with your willingness to help.As a reward, you’ll receive a handsome cut of the cash. You are told the money will be transferred to your bank account; therefore, you must provide your bank account information.
Here are five of the most common types: The foreign lottery scam is one of the most common types of email scams, in which you receive what looks like an official email from a foreign lottery corporation.The secret shopper (or mystery shopper) scam has several different variations, but all are designed to steal your money, your information, or both.This common work-from-home scam attempts to suck you in with an email featuring a subject line promising you a large income, simply by working as a mystery shopper. Instead of being paid to shop, here are the two ways in which you can be swindled: If you didn’t apply for a job, you won’t be offered a job. Furthermore, if you’re ever asked to spend money upfront for materials, you are likely being scammed.Also, there are transfer fees involved, and you have to pay those as well.Once you pay a couple hundred dollars, waiting for your huge windfall, you receive another email stating there has been some type of holdup, and you must send a bit more cash.They may even use this information to scam your friends and business associates.Here are some surefire ways to tell if an email supposedly from Pay Pal is nothing but a scam: Remember, no legitimate company will ever threaten to close your account if you ignore an email.Suddenly, you may see thousands of dollars worth of charges on your credit card bill for purchases you never made.This is result of identity theft, and it can ruin your life.Here is a short list of the most common types of social networking scams: Recently, a girl I’d gone to high school with suddenly sent me a message on Facebook that said, “Hey girl, if you get some time, will you give me a call? We’re nothing more than mere acquaintances, and we’ve never once spoken on the phone.Though I figured her Facebook account had been hacked, I messaged her back and told her I couldn’t make long-distance phone calls.