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We get them all the time, emails that offer promises of instant riches, or rebates on products we buy every day. Sounds too good to be true? It is. It's a scam.
Some scams are so transparent we can recognize them right off the bat, but some are a little more sophisticated.
Wouldn’t it be great if all dangerous email and webpage scams came with warnings like this:
Since internet scams are designed by criminals who make money (or just mayhem) by tricking you into infecting your own computer, instead of telling the truth they create pop-ups or send email messages that look harmless at first glance (or pop-up!):
The vast majority of “malware” (the new term for virus-like software) that makes its way onto campus computers is installed by the users themselves after being tricked into clicking on something they shouldn’t. Protect yourself by learning to recognize a scam.
©2010 John LaFreniere, reprinted with permission from the author.