Lie #1: You Are in Trouble with Authorities
Communication appears to comes from an official agency and threatens punishment if action not taken.
Lie #2: Your Family is in Danger
The criminal imitates a friend or family member and claims to be in danger, in order to get sensitive information.
Lie #3: We Need Your Credentials Again
A email arrives that imitates an account the person uses. The message requests reentry of credentials.
Lie #4: You Have Won an Amazing Reward
The criminal entices the user to provide data in order to take advantage of a supposed special offer or free item.
Signs of a Lie
Some signs that a person is trying to scam you can include:
- The offer in the message is too good to be true.
- You are not aware of how the person got your phone number.
- The sender is from an organization that does not use text messaging.
- The message has typos or odd grammar.
- The person messaging is making the situation seem extremely urgent.
- The person is asking for a password or other sensitive information "in the clear" without any security.
- Logos or other elements in the message are low quality or wrong.
- When asked for a phone call or other means of confirmation, the person does not agree.
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