Widely spread online fraud schemes
10. PTC autoclickers.
Sometimes this PTC autoclickers do click on the links on the Paid-to-Click sites. Nevertheless, any PTC prohibits using such a software. Anyone tracked to be using autockickers (and this is going to happen sooner or later) will be banned and all the money the person has already generated will not be paid out. In most cases such a software is given to you for absolutely free and, believe me, this is being done not because of the kindness of the seller. Sometimes the software can be just an imitation of what it's meant to be. Really it can be a virus (trojan, worm or a pass-stealer). If the software is real, at first it may ask you to "tune" itself: to enter your real PTC username and password. When you do it your data is immediately delivered to the program owner and he logs in your account and steals your money.
11. SMS "services".
Sometimes when you visit some dubious web-resources the violators may invade your machine with the porno banner, located in the middle of your desktop over any other windows and apps. To "unsubsribe" you are offered to send SMS and enter the password given in the response to your message. The SMS would cost you about $100! Never feed the violators and hackers! You are able to get rid of the banner without getting a password. First of all, you may do a system restore. Secondly, you may find the "password" online as some people public the passes to harm the cyberterrorists.
Sometimes you are offered to enter your phone number to get a VIP account at the files sharing web-site for 3 days. At the bottom of the site there's a microscopic (because nobody should ever read it!!) inscription. It says that after 3 days pass you will be charged $1-$2 daily for the VIP account. Most likely in three days the person does not remember he has entered the phone number and it's hard to find the right web-site and find out how one can unsubscribe.
12. Cheap Sales.
Almost every day in the web appear (and almost every day disappear) the sites offering electronics, clothes, furniture for a very very cheap price, almost for nothing! Such a discount is explained by the nature of the goods being on a sale. They tell you the goods have been expropriated at the customs and now the customs has to get rid of them. Let's think: counterfeit goods are being sold online for almost nothing! This is ridiculous! After you decide to buy something the goods will be added into you shopping cart and you will be offered to pay for the purchase. After you pay, your relations with the "shop" end forever. And soon it'll disappear when it finds more "sales hunters".
We have reviewed the most "popular" and widely spread online fraud schemes. All the other SCAM schemes are similar to one of these and the person who has at least read out article will see it's a SCAM when the/she faces it. In addition we'd like to give you 5 simple rules that will minimize the chance of you being fooled.
1) Use the licensed version of the good Antivirus (Kasperskiy Internet Security for example) in order to protect your computer against spam, viruses, fishing software and so on.
2) If you doubt the web-site owner is honest enough not to harm you, check the information about the owner via the WHOIS service, the domain names' owners checker.
3) Each serious project (beside the new ones) must have a feedback o nthe popular ratings and forums. Read what the HYIP or the PTC is worth and only then decide whether to cooperate with the project.
4) If you are offered to invest money somewhere, try to avoid it. Be careful who you send your money to.