How to Avoid Getting Scammed Online

The online realm is a difficult place to navigate if you haven’t sufficiently brushed up on your cyber hygiene practices. 

There are plenty of malicious actors out to get their virtual hands on your very real hard-earned cash, and unfortunately, they tend to take advantage of those who are not so tech savvy. 

In order to help you relish in the very best elements of the online world (without having to worry about falling victim to a scam or other nefarious hijack attemps) here are some tips worth looking at. 

Recognize Official Emails

Learning to differentiate fake emails from official ones should be among your top priorities. Millions of phishing emails are sent to unsuspecting internet users every single day, and if you fall for their (sometimes very convincing) shtick, then you could be putting yourself and your digital interests in harm’s way. 

A good example of this includes the PPI (payment protection insurance) scandal in the UK, where many people were mis-sold expensive and pointless insurance by banks. 

Scammers used this opportunity to approach people online, claiming that they could help PPI purchasers get a refund, when in fact, they were simply trying to steal bank details from their victims. 

Only official, dependable, and reputable sites such as should be trusted in this regard, as they can help get you the money you deserve. 

Don’t Reply to Spam

Even if you want to reply ‘go away’ to spam emails, but in a much less friendly manner, try and avoid doing so at all costs. 

Just replying to a spam email can let a potential scammer know that your email address is legitimate, and that you can be reached via that method of communication. 

Ideally, you will want to give the scammer as little as possible, so simply move your suspected spam email to the corresponding folder (if it managed to get through your spam detector in the first place) and report it if needs be. 

It is probably best to give yourself a refresher of what a spam email looks like, since some of the more modern attempts at phishing can be fairly advanced. 

Keep Ahead of Cybersecurity Trends

Keeping up with the latest advancements in cybersecurity is a good way to make sure that you stay ahead of the drag curve.  

If you do not know what the road ahead has in store, you will probably have a hard time avoiding it to begin with. 

Check a Site’s Legitimacy

Malicious websites can lead to all sorts of trouble, and they should be avoided and blocked whenever possible. 

If a website is trying to sell you a deal that sounds too good to be true, then unfortunately, it most likely is too good to be true.

Malicious websites usually look pretty suspect on initial visit, and they will often try to redirect you, immediately download a file onto your computer, or seize control of your operating system. 

This is bad news for you, so installing a reliable firewall and some great anti-virus software should be in your best interests, as should be learning to spot a malicious website online.

Fry Electronics Team

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