The pandemic has dramatically changed the way we work and learn.  It forced many of us to use technology that we don’t completely understand, and cybercriminals are more than willing to use this ignorance to scam us.

Being a victim of cybercrime is like having the COVID-19. Once infected, it is not only us who could be affected but also the people close to us. These are the people we regularly engage with on social media — that’s our family, friends, and relatives.

Here are some examples of scams used by cybercriminals amid the pandemic. The scammers will try to gain your trust to get sensitive information and eventually use this information to access your financial records and steal from you.

Love scam:
Loneliness amid the pandemic is real, and scammers know this. Cybercriminals are targeting people who are posting about being alone and openly looking for love online. While most of the victims are women above 50 years old, there are cases of Filipino seafarers as young as 20 years old who were scammed by cybercriminals pretending to be women looking for relationships.  Here are some red flags that you need to be aware of: 1) your cyber sweetheart’s profile is too good to be true, 2) the relationship is moving fast, 3) he promises to see you but breaks that promise 4) he asks for money, and 5) he requires specific payment methods or ask for your credit card details.  If you see any of these in your relationship with your cyber sweetheart, be ready to…

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