8.1 Social Engineering

  • Deep Fakes – Where an AI scans someone’s face and produces a video of that person. Can spread fake news.
  • Instagram Bots- Will post fake completions or get you to click links to infect your phone / device.
  • Report them to https://www.instagram.com/bot_police/
  • “If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.” – Andy C

Social media account hijacking

  • A fraudster might gain control of a Twitter account, for example, then send a titillating tweet out to followers. “Oh my God! I can’t believe somebody said this about me. I’m so **** Hacked Off!” read a tweet once received. Curiosity can entice you to click a link, which can install malware on your device.
  • Solution: Contact the friend through a different communication channel, like a text message, to ask about it in person.

The callback scam

  • Have you ever got a hang-up call on your mobile phone from a number you don’t recognize?
  • It might be a call back scam, the caller’s hope you’ll get curious and dial the number right back. The scammers are calling from a number that looks familiar
  • If you return the call, you get put on hold and hit with hefty per-minute charges plus international calling rates.
  • If you don’t know who it is Google the Number

The prize winner letter

  • “Congratulations! You’ve won a brand-new Toyota worth £15,500!” The mailing included a fake vehicle registration and told the receiver to mail in £39.95 to claim the car,
  • Another common mail scam is the foreign lottery scheme, announcing you’ve won a lottery in another country, such as Spain’s El Gordo lottery. “That’s a big one,” he says. “There are three pieces of paper asking you for all kinds of personal information so they can wire you the money, “There also are fraudsters who pose as the IRS or other government agencies.

Under age credit card scam

  • This scam gets you to give up your name, address, telephone, number. Then a credit card application can be filled in their name and the date of birth altered to make you of legal age.
  • Victims of this scam aren’t even aware until they turn 18 and get a nasty surprise in the mail in the form of debt collectors.
  • Solution: “Lie if you have to if you think something’s up, fraudsters can’t use fake info”