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The latest ways identity thieves are targeting you

Identity theft is a genuine concern. With the growing usage of smartphones, it is becoming easier for cybercriminals to steal Personal Identifying Information (PII). In the wake of growing attacks, organizations are implementing security measures to protect their customers’ data. However, the onus is still on people to know what new tricks identity thieves can use to steal their data.

 

This article lists the latest ways identity thieves are targeting your information.

 

Phishing

 

While not a new way to steal personal information, phishing is still a rampant cyber attack. In this method, the victims receive a deceiving email from attackers that appear to be from a known or trusted company. Scammers often use emails like banks and online retailers to trick recipients into sharing their personal or financial information.

 

Smishing

 

Scamming attacks involving SMS messaging are termed smishing. Similar to phishing attacks, scammers send text messages impersonating a trusted organization or even the victim’s friends to trick them into divulging their personal information like social security numbers. As people trust SMSs more than emails and calls, smishing attacks are rising.

 

Fake Websites

 

It is more common in the gambling industry but can also happen in any other domain. Criminals create fake websites that are often a copy of legitimate and trustworthy sites prompting unsuspecting visitors to share their information. For instance, many online scams are committed by copying the websites of popular online retailers. People make purchases from such fake websites without ever realizing they are being conned. Purchases on such websites never arrive; in worse cases, scammers infect the person’s device with malware to steal their personal or financial information.

 

You should be extra careful if you gamble online. Fake betting websites are pretty standard, so you need to be vigilant. BetWithout.Online recommends always checking a gambling sites without KYC procedure.

 

Public Wi-Fi and USB Charging Stations

 

Our dependence on the internet makes us a lot vulnerable. While out on a stroll or when traveling, be careful when you connect to a public Wi-Fi. Scammers actively exploit the lax security of public Wi-Fi connections to read the data packets you are sharing or receiving over the internet. Such open networks are hotspots for identity thieves to eavesdrop on your private information.

 

USB charging scam, also known as juice jacking, is becoming common. Here scammers put malware in USB charging stations at airports and hotels to infect devices connected to them.

 

Purchase of services from the Dark Web

 

Online casino players often buy services from the dark web without realizing how dangerous such sources can be. The dark web is a highly active marketplace for cyber criminals to sell or purchase stolen personal information. All PII is sold on the dark net, such as private photos, medical records, SSN, and financial statements. People who buy services from the dark web are opening themselves to targeted attacks. Notorious sites can put malware on buyers’ devices and steal their personal information.

 

Conclusion 

 

Regardless of how your identity gets stolen, it can jeopardize your career and relationship. Always be vigilant when sharing your personal information on the internet. Unless necessary, do not provide any information to websites and apps.  

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