Beware Of Royal Baby Scammers
By Mike Wheeler
Although there has yet to be any reports of any online scams involving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son, it is only a matter of time before they start appearing. But what form will they take?
By Mike Wheeler
Although there has yet to be any reports of any online scams involving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son, it is only a matter of time before they start appearing.
So what form will they take? There are several ways cybercrims will try and part ardent Royalists and well-wishers from their hard-earned cash. Most will offer exclusive pictures or content involving the baby. They will try and set up phishing scams whereby you will be directed to a website with pictures, clips and other paraphernalia they say will only be available through them.
Some of these sites will ask you to pay a few dollars for the content, which means handing over credit card details, and therefore the ability to hit consumers where it hurts most – the hip pocket. Only trust news sites with paywalls already in place like the Wall Street Journal or Sydney Morning Herald. The other main scam will be trying to get people to click on links that will put malware on your computer.
The most common form of delivery will by email in the form of links to phishing websites, or an attachment that you will asked to open – and viola – your computer will be infected. Be especially aware of those who have said they have exclusive videos or picture of the birth itself. The likelihood of such pictures existing is remote.
Finally, if you are unsure as to the source of an email, hit the delete button, and even right click on the email and utilise the ‘block sender’ function.