Scams and malware share tactics with foreign royalty

Okay,we’ve all shaken our heads sadly or in disbelief when someone tells us that a friend of theirs (never them though) fell for an internet scam from [insert exiled foreign prince/eastern European beauty/unbelievably affordable pharmaceutical company shilling…personal remedies]. The truth is (or has to be) that people don’t fall for that anymore. They used to but not so much these day…surely. The point of these schemes was to secure access to your bank account and the key to victory for the scammers was to make a believable(?) story.

Well now, the methods have moved with the times but “the point”remains the same. Getting access to bank account details.

If you have a smartphone, you’re smarter than that, right? You wouldn’t respond to an email letter from someone you didn’t know and hand them access to your accounts but entering those same details to buy or install an app? Maybe. The times have changed and so have the tactics of those that want your information. No, we’re no longer freeing noble royals from far-flung prisons that just need an account in which to stash their gold. But we seem to be getting taken in by app variants that mimic legitimate ones and in our enthusiasm to “get started” we scream, “just take my details and let’s go!” Let’s not.

Just like the referees in boxing matches instruct the combatants before the get it on, “protect yourself at all times,” we strongly advise the same. Protect what’s yours. That means your phone,your data, you.

Talk to us about ensuring you keep your guard up because getting robbed online can you do permanent damage.