Technology scam, medical scam, Covid scam – beware of these and learn to avoid them

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Technology, medical and Covid scams are like a plague these days. These open the gate for dishonest individuals, even teams of people looking to scam vulnerable parts of the population. When we say vulnerable, we mean not so tech-savvy ones who work remotely and elderly but also children playing video games. Investors’ good intentions are also harmed.

You are not sure where your money can end up. It’s always an admissible solution to seek help from the experts working in the medical field to tell you more about a certain product to invest in and the team members behind it.

You have heard or maybe not heard about the case of Omri Shafran, the American businessman focused on medical equipment and treatments. His story is not an isolated case these days, unfortunately.

The kinds of a scam

Under this umbrella, we can put everything from false patents offered to investors to spoof phone calls to cheat the victim. The cheater wants to make money at all costs, and it is very sophisticated in its approaches.

The ultimate goal is to steal your data and also sell you something you think you need. Imagine having stolen everything that comes to your identity besides the full name, credit cards number, health insurance number and many more.

The same goes for the identity of your family members. Therefore, stay on guard. While phishing is a technique that cybercriminals have used for a long time, they regularly innovate by surfing the news and inevitably, Covid is one of the recurring excuses. Stay away from the ads promoting bogus treatment and immune system boosters.

A false tax linked to vaccination

Thus, the vaccination seems to represent a boon for hackers, who usurp the identity of the General Directorate of Public Finance by offering certain people a refund of a tax-related to vaccination.

If the victim clicks on the link sent, they are redirected to a fake official site, asking for their credentials and identifiers, which fraudsters can thus use to retrieve their victim’s bank details.

This scam is only one among many others, which usurp the regularly targeted identity but marks a resurgence of these practices since June 2021. The institution has thus put forward a prevention message on its website, reminding users of good practices to avoid phishing and spot scams.

Some tips to spot these scams

We recall that these scams regularly target companies and vulnerable persons. The police have taken actions, in particular technical and legal, to put an end to these frauds.

Moreover, if you receive a message that makes you doubt its nature, it is good to remember that you need to alert authorities such as police and health insurance.

If you suspect a person approaching you in front of your doors or in your mailbox tries to dupe you, save all correspondence and everything that can serve as proof. Remember always. You are not the only one in this chain of fraud. While you protect yourself, you also stop the fraudsters from attacking other victims.