Our world has changed quite a lot in the last two decades. With technology and the internet, everything is connected. This has also given a rise to scammers who try to scam people for money. Unwanted calls, messages, emails are all tactics used by scammers. They bombard people with this so that they can falsely extract information or money from them.
Most people identify the scammers and ignore them but few of them don’t recognize them and those poor people are usually the target. Scammers take advantage of a person’s naivete and scam them for money. During the pandemic, the number of scamming cases rose to an all-time high. This is due to the fact that a person is most vulnerable during a crisis.
In the UK, there were about 500 COVID-19 related scams and over 2000 phishing attempts. The loss of assets totaled up to 1.6 million pounds. Keep in mind that social media channels and email are the two popular mediums for scammers to connect with people. Be aware of who you trust or not and don’t trust a stranger asking for money on social media.
SMS is also a very common medium that people use to scam. There are a lot of varieties of SMS as well. SMS has a 98% open rate. 10% of the SMS marketing are scams and 31% of the mobile users have received an SMS that tells them to click on a suspicious link.
Take a look at the following infographic to learn how to avoid SMS scams.
Infographic by: semaphore