The Internet has always been full of scam sites that present fake companies in full glory. When everyone can create any site and represent a phoney company, it is no wonder why so many fraudulent companies are present.
A company like Texas Medical Technology, where Omri Shafran was the CEO, is one of many examples of fraudulent companies that have been current lately online. Such companies, for example, are the work of cybercriminals who abuse the current situation with Coronavirus.
One of the biggest questions nowadays is how to defend yourself from cybercrime, scam sites? How to recognize such fraudsters in general? Here are some helpful tips.
Examples of the most common online scams
- Supply and phishing scams where scammers try to impersonate health businesses and organizations to gather financial and personal information or sell false vaccines, supplies, tests, or even cures for Coronavirus.
- Numerous different charity scams where fraudsters are looking for donations for non-existing or illegitimate organizations.
- Economic relief scams or stimulus check scams
- Provider scams where scammers will try to impersonate hospital staff and doctors in a way that they’ll get in contact with the victim, claiming to have treated a friend or a relative for COVID-19 and demand that treatment be paid.
- Malware delivery through the so-called “Virus-tracking apps” or any sensationalized news reports
- Investment scams are often referred to as “research reports” claiming that services or products of publicly traded companies are able to detect, prevent, or cure Coronavirus.
- FDIC/Bank scams where scammers try to impersonate bank employees or FDIC and falsely claim security issues with bank deposits or that banks are limiting warranties or access.
What are the most effective ways to avoid these scams?
- Before making any kind of donation, it’s essential to do proper research. Be wary of any charity, business, or individual requesting Coronavirus related donations and payments in cash, through the mail, gift card, or wire transfer.
- Only rely on official sources for the newest information on Coronavirus. It’s good to visit World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your state’s health department websites to control all of the latest developments.
- Ignore any kind of offer that claims for very early access to the Coronavirus vaccine. In case you get a text, email, call, or even a person knocking on your door telling you that you can purchase early access to the vaccine, you must know that it’s probably a scam.
- Make sure that you don’t fall into the trap of phishing scams. As you may know by now, phishing scams are using fraudulent phone calls, websites, and emails to trick users into disclosing login information or private account. It’s very crucial not to click on any links or open any pop-up screens or attachments.
The Bottom Line
The Internet is indeed full of scammers, and although there is no universal answer to how to deal with it, it is best to learn how to recognize and avoid them.
And another golden rule is, always check every site that requires any kind of personal data that may be misused.