the best defense
PandaLabs, Panda Securityâ€™s anti-malware laboratory has drawn up a ranking of the most widely used scams over the last few years. These confidence tricks, which are still in wide circulation, all have the same objective: to defraud users of amounts ranging from $500 to thousands of dollars.
Typically, these scams follow a similar pattern: initial contact is made via email or through social networks. The intended victim is then asked to respond, either by email, telephone, fax, etc. Once this initial bait has been taken, criminals will try to gain the trust of the victim, finally asking for a sum of money under one pretext or another.
According to Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs, â€œAs with all the classic scams that predate the Internet, many of the numerous users that fall for these tricks and lose their money are reticent to report the crime. And if recovering the stolen money was difficult in the old days, it is even harder now as the criminalsâ€™ tracks are often lost across the Web. The best defense is to learn how to identify these scams and avoid taking the baitâ€.
More information at the PandaLabs website.