Beware of Free Internet Scams: Protect Yourself in 2024

One of the popular internet scams that has been doing the rounds since 2017 is the one about “Free Internet”. This scam seems to resurface and somehow manages to claim quite a few unsuspecting victims. Here’s how they catch you.

Deceptive Ads Everywhere

Crafty ads pop up on Google, Facebook, popular search engines, and social media platforms, promising free internet hours. These ads look slick and show up during general searches, creating an illusion of legitimacy.

The Illusion of Legitimacy

Once you take the bait and click on the ad, you’ll be directed to their website. It all seems legit, right? Well, that’s the trap. The site may ask you to take actions such as:

  • Filling out a form with your Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
  • Sharing your credit card details, with the false promise that your card won’t be charged. However, you might unknowingly sign up for a service that charges your card later.
  • Sharing email IDs or phone numbers, essentially handing over your contacts, all in exchange for that enticing offer of free internet.

How to Keep Your Guard Up

Nothing is Truly Free: Always remember, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or in this case, free internet. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers often use attractive offers to bait unsuspecting users.

Skepticism is Your Shield: Be cautious of any offer that requires your personal information, especially sensitive details like credit card information. Don’t fall for the illusion of freebies without a catch.

Verify Before You Click: If you receive messages or links, even from trusted contacts, double-check their legitimacy. Inform your trusted contacts if you suspect their link might be part of a scam. Avoid clicking on any link if you’re not entirely sure it’s valid.

In the ever-evolving landscape of online scams, staying vigilant is your best defense. Remember, scammers prey on the allure of getting something for nothing. Stay savvy, stay safe!