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RSN™ Guide: Anti-ScamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Security Test For Your Friends & Family
Pretend To Be A ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. To Save Your Friends & Family
Do You Want To Save Your Friends And Family From Scammers?
Here Is An Anti-Scammer Intrusion Test
The purpose is to test your friends and family reactions to a real-life scammer. In the world of cybersecurity, it is completely normal to perform unannounced tests to see how people respond.
For This Test You Will Need:
- A NEW GMAIL ACCOUNT
– Go to gmail.com and create a new Gmail email address
- A NEW FAKE FACEBOOK ACCOUNT
– Create a new Facebook account using your new Gmail address – share a couple of things from other pages so you have a couple of posts in your timetime, and use a fake graphic as your profile image – we suggest photos of puppies or kittens.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Facebook tracks browsers. So to have two profiles you will need to devices or different browsers such as Chrome and Edge or Firefox.
- Find your original profile and send a friend request so you give access to your real profile and all of your friends and family. This will also let you see what others can see in your profile.
- Flip over to your real profile and accept your Friend Request
- Go back to your new fake profile
- Send Friend Requests to all of your real friends and family from the fake profile!
- See how many actually accept the friend request.
The purpose of this test is to see how many of your friends and family will accept a friend request from a stranger!
Results & Conclusion:
Every one of your friends and family that accepted the fake profile friend request could already be a victim of a scammer, because they accept friend requests from people they don’t know.
You don’t have to tell them the fake profile was you – but you can to drive home the point. You can tell them that they accepted a fake profile as a friend, and what if it had been a scammer or worse.
Talk to them about what this means, and that when they accepted the fake as a friend they gave the fake access to all of their friends too – including YOU!
Help them understand how dangerous fake profiles are, and how to protect themselves from them.
This is especially important if children accepted the fake friend request – you must explain why this was dangerous – children think they know more than you do about the web, so be explicit – a little fear can be healthy.
You Have To Do More To Fight Against Scammers And One Way To Do That Is Help Your Friends And Family Understand The Risks. Educate Them And Warn Them!
We would love to hear how this went for you? Please share your results!
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