Scammer

A stranger told me he would give me a weekly allowance. Is that a scam?

A stranger told me he would give me a weekly allowance. Is that a scam?
  1. What is one tactic a scammer will use to get you to provide your personal information?
  2. What information does a scammer need?
  3. What can a scammer do with my picture?
  4. What happens if you give a scammer access to your phone?
  5. Can a scammer get your info if you call back?
  6. What is the most common method used to steal your identity?
  7. Can a scammer access my bank account?
  8. Will a scammer send you gifts?
  9. What can a scammer do with my phone number and picture?
  10. Can scammer hack my phone?
  11. What can a scammer do with my phone number and email address?
  12. What kind of information can someone get from your phone number?

What is one tactic a scammer will use to get you to provide your personal information?

So-called “phishing” emails, calls, texts and letters try to trick you into sending cash or disclosing personal information. Or, the correspondence aims to allow a bad actor to infiltrate your computer device and steal sensitive information.

What information does a scammer need?

Fraudsters need just three pieces of personal information to steal your identity, most of which can be found on your Facebook profile. All it takes is your name, date of birth and address for fraudsters to steal your identity and access your bank accounts, take out loans or take out mobile phones in your name.

What can a scammer do with my picture?

Information fraudsters could get from your photos

A photo posted on your birthday, for example, would provide them with your date of birth, whereas a photo of a new house could potentially give them details of where you live.

What happens if you give a scammer access to your phone?

By having your cell number, a scammer could trick caller ID systems and get into your financial accounts or call financial institutions that use your phone number to identify you. Once the scammer convinces your carrier to port out your number, you may never get it back. Scam porting is a big problem for phone owners.

Can a scammer get your info if you call back?

“It's the concept that people think may have missed an important call.” At the very least, answering the phone or calling back makes you vulnerable to future scams, says Eva Velasquez, CEO and president of Identity Theft Resource Center.

What is the most common method used to steal your identity?

The most common way an identity thief can acquire information from a person is from stealing their purse or wallet and an identity thief may take a person's personal information from the internet.

Can a scammer access my bank account?

Yes, this is possible. Identity theft was the number one reported type of fraud in 2020 [*], according to the FTC. When scammers gain access to your personal information by phishing, for example, they can do one or more of the following: Gain access to your bank account and spend or transfer all your money.

Will a scammer send you gifts?

Scammers exploit your emotions and love is the easiest emotion to take advantage of. They might even send you gifts and tell you “deep dark secrets” but watch out! Once they have you hooked on their sweet, sweet words it's much easier to ask, even demand, you to send them money.

What can a scammer do with my phone number and picture?

Scammers can use your phone number to impersonate, steal from, and harass you and others.

Can scammer hack my phone?

Once the malicious code is on your smartphone, scammers can infect other devices or hijack yours. The easiest way to protect yourself from these kinds of attacks is to make sure you have cybersecurity on your phone, like Anti-virus for Android.

What can a scammer do with my phone number and email address?

Once they have your number, the bad guys can clean out your financial accounts, confiscate your email, delete your data and take over your social media profiles.

What kind of information can someone get from your phone number?

Scammers can use your phone number to target you using phishing texts and robocalls, trying to trick you into giving up valuable information or money. They can also use your hijacked phone number to trick your friends and family into sharing passwords or sending money to your compromised number.

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