4 ways scammers are likely to target you in 2022
A new year is fast approaching – and, unfortunately, that means an additional 365 days for crooks to part you with your hard-earned money.
Scammers get better at executing social engineering attacks, says Jon Clay, vice president of Threat Intelligence at Trend Micro, a cybersecurity software company.
Recently, Clay posted his ideas on what he expects to be the most important and dangerous trends in consumer fraud in 2022. They are as follows.
Scammers will profit from the midterm elections
An important election arrives in November, with many seats in Congress up for grabs. Clay says crooks will take this opportunity to target people with socially designed scams. He expects “vast campaigns of disinformation”.
like clay says NPR in August, some crooks hack into Facebook accounts so they can use them to spread disinformation:
“The fact that social media is now an integral part of everyone’s life [means] it is a major objective.
Attacks will become mobile
A spike in attacks via mobile devices is likely to occur in 2022, Clay says. Pay particular attention to:
- Smishing (also known as SMS phishing), a form of internet fraud known as phishing that uses text messages rather than emails to try to trick recipients into unintentionally providing information personal or financial to the sender
- Vishing, in which scammers make phone calls and leave voicemail messages while pretending to be from reputable companies and asking for personal financial information
- Email scams
Seniors will continue to be targets
The elderly are often the targets of scams. Scammers will use scams to continue preying on less tech-savvy adults, Clay says.
To learn more about such fraud, see “10 Common Ways For Seniors To Get Scammed”.
Traditional “red flags” will become obsolete
We’ve all heard the advice: don’t click on links or attachments in emails from sources you don’t trust. It’s still good practice, but it may not be enough to keep crooks at bay.
Clay says crooks will continue to disguise themselves as trusted sources and send emails that appear legitimate. Accordingly, he urges consumers to consider all unexpected emails and texts with caution.
For more tips on how to avoid scams, check out “4 Beliefs That Make You Easy For Scammers.” “
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