(WSPA) – As scammers get more sophisticated, it’s more important than ever that we know where we are most vulnerable.
In this consumer exclusive, I got expert advice on the Top 7 scam predictions for 2022.
30 billion dollars in phone scams, and 55 billion in identity fraud, that’s how much Americans lost last year alone to scammers.
And while it’s hard to know how they will strike next Steve Weisman, the cyber expert behind the website Scamicide, has a pulse on the Top 7 Scams to watch out for in 2022.
NUMBER 7: COUNTERFEIT SHOPPING SITES
The holidays were full of stories about bogus shopping sites, and Weisman says that’s only expected to get worse in the New Year.
“Some of those counterfeits are so good that it’s almost impossible to determine, and even if it turns up high on the google or search engine search, doesn’t mean it’s legitimate,” said Weisman.
Weisman recommends plugging in the “url” of any suspicious shopping site to the online resource www.WhoIs.com
That way you’ll know who created the site and how long it’s existed.
NUMBER 6: NATURAL DISASTER SCAMS
From deadly tornadoes to devastating wildfires, major natural disasters are making headlines more frequently and scammers use that to set up fake charities. The FBI warns always verify the charity is real with sources like Charity Navigator or GuideStar.
NUMBER 5: CRYPTOCURRENCY CONS
With the digital currency gaining in popularity, scammers…