How to Avoid New 2020 Scams

With a large part of the world now WFH (working from home) due to COVID-19, scammers have branched out. They are now using a wide variety of tricks to dupe people into giving them money with new, WFH related scams.

Scammers are focusing on the tools that everyone is using to work. Attempted scams have been reported to target the new ways that people are connecting with each other for work tasks. In this way, tools like VPNs and Zoom have become greater targets. These scams often happen online over email and/or over phone calls.

Here are the things to look out for:

  • Anyone reaching out to ‘reset’ VPN networks.
  • Fake looking Zoom accounts 
  • People impersonating others to request login details or even donation requests – if something seems fishy, be wary and don’t give out important details.
  • Anyone calling and requesting you to use the application ‘Teamviewer’. This program allows remote access to computers.

While newspapers speculate where these scams are originating from, it is best for everyone to be vigilant and stay secure online. Sometimes these online scams can progress to phone calls, usually to obtain money. Of course, if a scammer attempts to call you on Truecaller, they will flash red and you will know not to continue sharing your details with them. As always, stay safe and use Truecaller!