Would you fall for one of the most common computer scams?
Of course you wouldn’t. You are a Bitterwallet reader and you are therefore intelligent, erudite and cultured. However, quite a lot of people out there seem to be rather cranially-challenged following a Which! survey of 1,000 people to see who fell for which technological scam. It’s no wonder the scams just keep coming.
1. Computer security clangers. 30% of people would fall for those pesky popups that tell you have a virus and you need to download this dodgy internet executable file to ‘repair’ it. Idiots.
2. Phishing. Obviously people don’t (often) fall for the emails coming from the bank they don’t bank with, but 10% of respondents have failed to notice that HSBC email has actually come from the email address [email protected]
3. You’ve won the lottery. No, no you haven’t. Ten percent of people let greed cloud their common sense and would hand over their bank details to win a prize from a draw they hadn’t entered. It would be a miracle to win the lottery, but a physical impossibility to win one you didn’t buy a ticket for.
May is actually Scams Awareness Month, an initiative by Citizen’s Advice and Trading Standards, so why not take five minutes this month and save an idiot from themselves. You could thrust this consumer advice under their nose, or tell them about all 27 scams outlined in this Guardian article. Either way, if you weren’t one of the 22,000 people who complained about a scam last year, you can pat yourself on the back, safe in the knowledge that there is definitely someone dafter than you out there.