Many believed that with the boom that social networks have experienced in recent years, email had moved on to a better life. Nothing could be further from the truth, as it is still one of the most widely used communication systems. Therefore, these platforms are conducive to many Internet users, with dishonest attitudes, try to scam us. The most common way is through 'spam', junk mail or unwanted whose sender is unknown and we get to our inbox with some advertising content which, in many cases, is unreliable.
Surely you have all suffered in your skins the mass sending of these emails at some time. One of the most widespread scams on the Internet is 'pishing'. It is, in short, websites that imitate perfectly other pages that we use regularly as, for example, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, PayPal or banking portals with the aim that we enter our personal data and thus steal our identity. This goes far beyond the mere fact that they install malicious software on our computer or infect it with a virus, as we can lose money from our savings or have our information used to commit a criminal act.
Generally people do not pay attention to the advertising banners that appear on a website or when opening an email, but many times, their appearance is so real that we can sting and fall into the trap. You also have to be careful with what you download as a simple pdf can contain a malicious virus that can ruin your existence. Along these lines, I'm sure you've also received an email offering you the job of your life and asking you to send them your CV with all your personal details. In these times of crisis, jobs do not fall from the sky so you should always be suspicious of these things.
To finish this article, let's talk about the classics. You may be familiar with the great heritage you can get from a Nigerian king (or any other exotic country). It may seem like a cliché, but there are still people who get ripped off, and in the worst case scenario, you can end up behind bars. Nor can we forget the chains with hundreds of years of curse if we do not forward the mail to all our contacts, as well as the messages with apparent videos or photos of humor and that can get us into trouble.
Millionaire businesses that promise to invest a small amount in some stock market and that promise to multiply our money in a very short time. The last one, and probably the lowest, is the one of 'lovers' in which a man or a woman from a foreign country tricks another person into sending them money with which they can travel and meet each other. Recognizing the mechanisms by which email scams work is simple if you use common sense, which will prevent us from falling victim to these scams and wasting our time and money.