Scammers are everywhere. They do their dirty tricks both online and offline. Many people have fallen, and continue to fall victims of scammers worldwide for reason being, be unaware of the tricks used by scammers. Whether you have an email address or not, own a mobile cell phone or not, stay in city or village, live in Africa or the US, one fact you should know is that scammers can find you everywhere and do anything.
Before we closed year 2016 for 2017 and which is in April as of this post date, I had not only read but too had many directly share touching stories involving scammers and their scam activities. Scammers will target anyone they want regardless of ones social, religious, education and very many other status. They can trick security personnel, trick service providers, individuals, companies and etc.
Having once been a scam target, I came to understand and learn that lack of awareness is a real “killer” for reason being, one cannot be able to tell not even differentiate between what is real and what is not, and this happens worldwide including in Kampala, US, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and many others. In this post, I am sharing with you the top worldwide trending scam tricks for 2017 which you reading this, and anyone else must be aware of before it eventually happens to him or her.
What you see below are some of those tricks scammers use in their bid to explore get what they want from the target. Sometimes, messages used may appear real when in real sense they are fake. And this happening, many people have fallen victims of identity theft, lost money, and many others which you should avoid if you are reading this. Lets look at some of the hot tricks for 2017.
Can you hear me now? – Yes you saw it well. It has been happening and many people share having fallen victims of this ongoing “Can you hear me now?” calls from scammers. What happens is that the target is called with a new number and someone will say “Can you hear me now?”. If you happen to receive such calls from an unknown number or callers, take it to be serious. It is good if you don’t respond to requests or questions made as that will stop them from knowing further details about you.
Prize winning claims – Almost all of us have received a phone call, text message or email message about this. They will alert you using any possible means as seen above letting you know that you have won prizes. Usually, this happens even without the target having participated in anything like any ongoing promotion. If you get this, it is better to ignore the message and live your life. But if they follow up, you can even report the number to the police.
Respond to my private email – This is a common scam trick on Facebook and other social media. A newly confirmed friend or an unknown person will hit your Facebook or social media inbox with a message requesting you to email them back on their private provide email addresses. And when you dare, that is when you will get additional information and photos of those good looking women claiming to have big sums of money in bank accounts and so forth. This is not real and please, don’t fall a victim.
UBA VISA ATM Card – This has been ongoing since 2015 if not mistaken and still active as of now. People will send you a UBA VISA ATM Card and request you to send money in dollars to the address given in the name of activation fees. Somewhere, they will trick you to send them your address so they can mail you the Card. They claim UBA Senegal as the branch handling the issue. If you get such a message, know it is not real and be aware if you are not a UBA customer.
Switch of your phone right away for Automatic upgrades – Some one wrote that, “she was called from a new number. The caller told her to turn off her mobile phone for the next one hour so that the service automatic updates be installed and activated onto her her number. She did exactly and only to know that lots of money had been deducted from people who called her parents, friends and relatives claiming that they had kidnapped her and if they dont respond to requests, something bad would happen”. Just imagine such a situation, I never heard of a service provider calling only one person to switch of them phone. If such is to happen, they do it through official communications. To avoid falling a victim, never accept such false requests from unknown callers.
Service account requires your attention – This claim happens almost on all service accounts including popular emails like “Yahoo customer service, Hotmail customer service, Microsoft customer service, Outlook customer service, Bank account customer service, and etc. Please note that service providers tend to address their clients with their first names if not both. Should you get an email with such a claim but not containing your names, it is likely scam and please, don’t respond to such requests. Rather, inquire from your service provider directly so you know the truth.
Others include but not limited to; Don’t bank on that check, has been kidnapped impersonation, government imposters, mobile money winning, fake mobile money transfers, send me the received code, paid to play promotions, health products promotions, technical support, Amazon free gift card, credit cards and etc. Please stay alerted.