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GeoHoliday Club Discusses New Ways to Avoid Digital Scams While Traveling
GeoHoliday Club warns against falling victim to a scam by raising awareness about some of the many ways that digital scammers are targeting travelers before they even leave their homes for vacation.
Criminals are creating emails that look like official newsletters or alerts from legitimate companies in attempt to trick people into believing that they are actually the company. Some scammers even go so far as to construct websites that mirror the company they are attempting to portray.
An example of this site-mirroring scam can be seen in the recent "Netflix Scam.” The GeoHoliday Club scam prevention team warns that individuals should always verify that an email is being sent from a legitimate source. A fishy-looking URL should be a red flag that it is a scam attempt. The Netflix scam involves individuals being directed to a fake Netflix site, where they are guided to log into the service just as they would on the legitimate website.
When the login information is processed, the user is told their account has been suspended and they need to call a service number for assistance. When the victim calls the number, the scam artist posing as a Netflix representative directs the victim to download malware disguised as "support software.” When the software is installed, the scam artist then has express access to that individual's computer, and can begin extracting personal and financial information instantly.
Another digital scam that the GeoHoliday Club scam prevention team is raising awareness about is the fake wireless networks that scam artists are setting up in tourist-heavy areas. Many resorts and attractions provide free, public Wi-Fi to their guests. Criminals set up their own networks disguised as free networks, but when travelers log into a network their device can be spied on for extract personal information that can be taken directly off of the mobile device. Always verify with the resort or attraction staff that a wireless network is legitimate before connecting to it.
By taking into consideration the information presented in this GeoHoliday Club scam alert, travelers around the world can better defend themselves from digital scam artists. For more information about GeoHoliday Club, visit http://geoholiday.com/
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