These scams can come by email, text, or postal service – here’s how to identify them.
It’s everybody’s fantasy to win the lottery, or a sweepstakes, or a fun prize like an iPad, and scammers know this. They use it to their advantage in various ploys designed to steal users’ money and personal information. Like romance scams, supply chain scams, and other financial scams, these traps use social engineering to prey upon vulnerable states of mind. If you’re told you’ve just won a good deal of money, some part of you wants it to be true, despite how badly your spider sense might be tingling at possible danger.
According to the FTC, there are three sure signs of a lottery scam:
The social engineering techniques used in these scams aim to get the user to act before thinking it through. Look out for any and all of these tricks:
If you live in the U.S. and you believe you’ve been targeted by a lottery scam, report it to the FTC. Share this information with your friends and family so everyone can learn how to identify and stay safe from these dirty tricks.
Malicious USBs can allow attackers to obtain a user's passwords, access their devices, and even irreversibly damage their computer.
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