Cybersecurity Awareness for Students: 5 Most Common Scams to Avoid in 2024
Cybercrime is on the rise among students in India, especially college students trying to earn extra money through unconventional means. Many fall victim to scams, facing mental stress and financial loss.
It’s important to openly discuss online safety with students, educate them about various cybercrimes, and urge them to report any suspicious activities. Raising awareness about cybersecurity is essential to safeguarding the next generation from online dangers.
Here are some of the common cyber crimes that students need to be aware of:
How it works: It all starts when someone gets a call from a stranger pretending to be from ‘FedEx.’ The caller says a package in the person’s name, heading to Macau or another country, got seized by Mumbai customs for having illegal stuff. After that, the victim is linked to a “police officer,” often from the Mumbai Crime Branch or Anti-Narcotics Unit.
Protect yourself: Verify the legitimacy of such messages/calls by contacting FedEx directly using official contact information.
YouTube Like Scam
How it works: Criminals are using WhatsApp and Telegram to approach potential victims with offers for part-time work from home or part-time jobs. In these fraudulent schemes, scammers are enticing users to engage with videos on YouTube by liking and subscribing.
Protect yourself: Avoid clicking on links in suspicious messages. Verify notifications directly on the official YouTube website or app.
Online Shopping Scam
How it works: Fraudsters make fake websites that seem like real online stores. These sites usually tempt people with attractive discounts on popular products to trick them. When people enter their payment details, the scammers take their money and vanish.
Protect yourself: Stick to well-known online stores, check reviews, and be wary of deals that appear too good to be true. Opt for secure payment options, and ensure the website has a secure connection before making any purchases.
Identity Theft Scam
How it works: Identity theft occurs when someone dishonestly obtains another person’s important personal and financial information. They then use this information for various fraudulent activities, posing a significant risk to the victim.
Protect yourself: Create strong and unique passwords, turn on two-factor authentication, be careful about sharing personal details on the internet, and routinely keep an eye on your accounts for any unusual activities.
Scholarship and Grant Scam
How it works: Be wary of scammers pretending to be organizations offering scholarships or grants. They might ask for upfront fees or personal information without any intention of actually providing financial assistance.
Protect yourself: When searching for scholarships, make sure to thoroughly research your options, confirm the legitimacy of organizations, and be cautious if asked for payment or sensitive information. Legitimate scholarships usually don’t involve upfront fees.
*Published by TOI
Reference link – Cybersecurity Awareness for Students: 5 Most Common Scams to Avoid in 2024 | – Times of India (indiatimes.com)