Ah, if it isn’t the oldest trick in the book – cyber scam. It may come in all forms, and it can crawl everywhere, just like paparazzi trying to film a Hollywood star. But the “stars” here actually go by fake identities to trick inexperienced users into giving out sensitive information. The results are variable from identity theft to all of the money in your credit/debit card or e-wallet – gone. What is worse, scammers are getting better by the minute.
Why Do Cyber Scams Exist
To ask this question is relatively similar to asking why does crime exist in overall –because some people are vicious opportunists. Either way, it will only become more common, due to several primary reasons:
- It works.
- More and more individuals learn how to use the web every day.
- People rely more on technology in their daily life. (Internet of things)
So the bottom line for this good but rhetorical question is that there is no way out. It has become a war not against your computer – it has become a war against you because everything you have is there. PayPal, online banking, eBay, e-payments are just a small part of the websites that make users a lucrative target for cyber criminals.
How Does a Cyber Scam Work
To give you the best answer to this question, we have decided to communicate (by this we mean troll) a cyber-scammer after we received a report of a scamming SMS randomly sent out by the number +447932049169. Here is the message:
As visible the message has some mistakes in it and clearly appears to be a scam. Our next step after seeing it is natural to create a fake Gmail and contact the crook. We used the fake name, Katrina Diesel:
We immediately established communication and pretended to be a naive person believing there is something important going on:
We got a very big response that immediately corresponded to the fake name Diesel. The scammer actually wanted us to supply him with personal information:
At this point, we were very much intrigued by the work this person is putting in, so we decided to ask for more information on the “requirements to get rich quickly”:
We got another lengthy response, asking us to, pay attention, scan a personal identification document:
At this point, it became more than clear what this scammer was aiming at – identity. Identity trading is an extremely profitable business, and it can cause quite the trouble. Criminals may use your identity to commit various cyber-crimes and get away with it, leaving you to explain what just happened. What is a hell of a lot worse is that your identity can be used to draw credits from banks on your name, and this is devastating. The scammer who is collecting this data via such SMS spam is probably selling it to other parties or using it for his/her benefit.
For experienced users, of course, this may seem more than obvious to be a scam as soon as they see the fake SMS. But there are many users out there that do not realize that and cyber-crooks rely exactly on that. There are also other risks associated with such scams:
- Fake tech support fraud that draws financial data from users like the OSFirewall.exe scam.
- Scams that subscribe users for an expensive service that generates them big phone bills.
- Scams that install malware on your computer.
The bottom line is even if you get a direct call from a foreign number you do not know or expect, hang up the phone immediately and do not even text that number. There are also some other protection tips we would like to share:
- If you called the number immediately block any connections (incoming or outgoing) with this number by calling your phone operator.
- Report a scamming number to the authorities and on websites such as Okcaller and 800notes.
- Make sure you block(https://www.wikihow.com/Block-a-Call) the number from your phone.
- In case the scam is sent out by spam mail, make sure you use a spam-filter or, at least, software that has such feature.
- Do not give your data to strangers.
There you have it – online scamming stripped down to the basics. We recommend following the tips regularly to insure yourself that you are safer in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Cyber Scam from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Cyber Scam from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Cyber Scam from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Cyber Scam from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Cyber Scam from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Cyber Scam from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Cyber Scam from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Cyber Scam from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Cyber Scam
Step 2: Uninstall Cyber Scam and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Cyber Scam on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Cyber Scam there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Cyber Scam from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Cyber Scam and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Cyber Scam via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Cyber Scam files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Cyber Scam, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Cyber Scam from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Cyber Scam from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Cyber Scam from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Cyber Scam from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Cyber Scam will be removed.
Eliminate Cyber Scam from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.