Spammers and Scammers Galore!
If you’re reading this, it is likely that you have once been scammed, spammed, or hacked in some way or another while using the Internet. As children, our parents always stressed the importance of not putting our personal information on the web and they were always skeptical of pages like MySpace to connect with our friends or our “friends”. From my own personal experience, I know first hand how dangerous the internet can really be and I would like to share that experience with you in efforts that it will help you one day.
When it comes to the internet, I highly dislike scammers. I personally have a problem with this because I have been hacked, scammed, and spammed before which ultimately resulted in my identity being stolen…multiple times actually.
A few years ago, I was scammed by purchasing a dietary supplement online called “Garcinia Cambogia” that was discounted for a great price. I typed in my debit card information at checkout, I received my supplement and next thing I know, they withdrew over $250 from my account. When I called their customer service number, they simply told me I “should have read the fine print” and that there was nothing I could do. #shouldawouldacoulda
“Awareness is the key. If your instincts are saying, a deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is” (SafeTravel.govt, 2017).
I should have listened to my parents when they told me to be cautious with the internet. I thought I knew what I was doing and that I could read people well enough to see who was real and who was fake and vice versa. I thought to myself, “my parents are old school and don’t know that the internet is safe”. However, it turns out that I could not have been more wrong. Below is a chart retrieved from Forbes.com. The chart below shows that “millennial’s are more likely to be scam victims that boomers”.
You Can Never Be Over Educated
In attempt to solve or minimize the problems with identity theft, local efforts should be implemented to further educate students who are using the internet starting in elementary school and repeated in both middle school and high school. There should be a class set aside to directly expose children to the individual risks online. Throughout school, I was taking classes that taught me about sex, drugs, and alcohol. I think we should be adding in a mandatory class and/or program that bring awareness to what kind of people are out there. People who are wanting our personal information and what exactly they are using it for.
Secondly, international governments should work together with local governments to further instruct young adults on the potential dangers going on over seas. I think education is the most important factor here.
I see no drawbacks, only improving the safety of children. The internet will not “look” any different, but the way students look at the internet will change. The goal is for students not to be easily suckered into fake deals, fake opportunities, and fake people that are too good to be true and could be potentially dangerous. I am specifically talking about younger individuals because I personally wish I had been taught more about the dangers of the internet at a younger age by a professional.
R, Eisenberg.(2016). Surprise! Millennials More Likely To Be Scam Victims Than Boomers, Forbes. Retrieved by: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2016/07/26/surprise-millennials-more-likely-to-be-scam-victims-than-boomers/#1b027729685c
SafeTravel. (2017) Internet Fraud and International Scams, SafeTravel.govt. Retrieved by: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/internet-fraud-and-international-scams