Saturday, March 01, 2014
Old-school internet scams: five that just won't die
We would like to think that people learn by their mistakes, and given the publicity surrounding certain online scams, nobody would fall for them any more. Unfortunately, this doesn't appear to be the case. Scammers are sticking with tried and trusted methods of stealing information and, ultimately, money from their victims. The keyword for the people who perpetrate these scams is profit, and as long as that profitability remains, there is no compelling reason for them to be retired. While the average PC Pro reader is surely too savvy to fall for such scams, the people criminals target are the less technically-adept family and friends that our readers provide free IT support for. Point them in the direction of this feature, or print it out and make sure they read it, and you could save yourself some precious time. Here are our top five old-school scams that are still doing the rounds, and our tips on how to mitigate them.