08 Aug Cyber Scammers on LinkedIn are Becoming More Sophisticated
Australia — Recent reports have revealed how cyber scammers are adopting more clever ways to extract information from unsuspecting victims.
Aside from emails, scammers have began penetrating LinkedIn, a networking platform for business purposes, as well as text messaging. Moreover, Paypal has seen many transaction scams involving refunds.
At first, scammers seem like actual people who will converse with you. But after a few replies, they’ll ask for private information.
Journalist Erika Eichelberger interviewed Nigerian scammers in 2014, revealing that people behind them don’t regard scamming as stealing. In fact, they consider it an honest means of living.
According to Scamwatch, 45% of reported scams were from Australian above 55-years-old. Cyber safety advocate Leonie Smith said this makes sense because they are not properly oriented with the internet or the concept of cybersecurity.
To avoid falling for cyber scams in social media, users are advised to turn off location data, and hide private details like email and mobile numbers.