Some scams you can spot in a split second. But new ploys aim to take advantage of your habits. Here are a few tricks to watch for and how to stay a step ahead.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — News19 is taking a closer look at popular techniques criminals are using to get your personal information.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month – a time to do our part to secure our computers and phones from hackers. And that’s an important step, says the director of communications and public information for the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA). Because the people who want your information have many ways to trick you into giving it to them.

“They’re online, they’re in-person, they’re on the phone, they’re through text messages. Scammers are literally everywhere,”  Director Bailey Parker said.

The majority of us have likely received calls or seen phony e-mails from a stranger telling us we’ve won thousands of dollars or a free vacation or cruise. By now, most of us know it’s probably too good to be true.

But what about other, more “trendy” methods criminals are using to get your information?

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