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The top seven scams you need to be aware of in 2022

As fraudsters get more clever, knowing where we are most susceptible is more crucial than ever. Here you can obtain professional advice on the Top 7 scam predictions for 2022 through this consumer exclusive.

Last year, Americans lost 30 billion dollars in phone scams and 55 billion dollars in identity fraud to fraudsters. While it’s impossible to predict how they’ll strike next, the experts at the cyber expert have a handle on the Top 7 Scams to Avoid in 2022.

COUNTERFEIT SHOPPING WEBSITES (NUMBER 7)

The holidays were littered with reports of phony shopping sites, and the expert predicts that this will only worsen in the upcoming days. “Some of those counterfeits are so brilliant that it’s virtually hard to tell,” an expert said. “Just because it comes up high on a Google or search engine doesn’t mean it’s authentic.”

The expert suggests going to www.WhoIs.com and typing in the “URL” of any suspicious purchasing site. You’ll know who made the site and how long it’s been around that way.

NATURAL DISASTER SCAMS (NUMBER 6)

Major natural catastrophes regularly reach the news, from fatal storms to devastating wildfires, and scammers are taking advantage of this to set up false organizations. The FBI advises that you constantly check the charity’s legitimacy using Charity Navigator or GuideStar resources.

CONS OF CRYPTOCURRENCY (NUMBER 5)

Scammers are seeking to profit from the growing popularity of digital currencies. So be wary of bogus cryptocurrency offers and hackers attempting to access your digital wallet.

DATA BREACHES (NUMBER 4)

The experts didn’t hold back on this one. “You could be a victim of a huge data breach next year, or maybe not. We’re all somehow sharing our data without any consideration.” the experts remarked.

They are especially concerned about ransomware attacks, such as what recently hit a medical center in Anderson, South Carolina. On the illicit market, they argue, medical data is like gold. “A single patient record may sell for more than $1000,” according to a renowned credit reporting firm.

SCAMS IN SOCIAL ENGINEERING (NUMBER 3)

Con artists use this method to examine your social media profiles and customize a scam. A victim of a similar fraud explained”I started following a guy on Tik Tok, and as soon as we became friends, a guy purporting to be him sent me a private message stating he works for a non-profit organization and wanted me to give money.”

Other instances are romance scams, in which con artists utilize social media to learn about you and entice you to trust (and even love) them. Additionally, Grandparents scams dig for information about your family to blackmail you into paying up.

THE INTERNET OF THINGS (NUMBER 2)

We’ve become reliant on various internet-connected devices, from our television to our toys to security cameras. Make sure you modify the default settings to the maximum level of security and disconnect any listening devices.

“We got rid of Alexa because we think she’s always listening, and we don’t trust her,” an expert at Greenville said.

NUMBER ONE: SIM SWAP

Sim Swapping is a new devious approach to getting past your mobile banking two-step authentication.

Experts outline the process, “They call your mobile phone provider, pose as you, and have your phone number moved to their phone, allowing them to steal your password and overcome dual-factor authentication. So, this is something we’re only now seeing, and it’s only going to become worse in the following year,” he said.

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