Globe SecuriTip: Amazing But Dubious Freebies and Rewards? Too Good to Be True

Here is just one of the red flags to watch out for as fraudsters become more creative with online scams

Everybody loves scoring a good freebie or getting to win a giveaway. But what if you receive a text alert about winning a contest you never even joined? What if a caller, claiming to be from a reputable company, reels you in with the promise of an amazing deal if you provide personal information? For some, these red flags are glaring. For others, especially with scammers only becoming extra creative with schemes, they might appear like the real deal. 

Today, SMS scams alone are relentless. With technology being the lifeline for most mobile users, there are countless points of connection now, on top of SMS, that fraudsters can take advantage of. (Take public WiFi, for example.)

The emotional rush over rewards, too, is something scammers can easily exploit. Ahead, we zero in on the fake freebies and rewards that some users, unfortunately, fall prey to.

If the message or advertisement is too good to be true, it probably is.

Consider this the general rule. Flashy messages that offer amazing prizes yet require little to no effort on your part? This scenario alone is too good to be true yet, unfortunately, still works to hook people in. 

Take a pause here to read beyond the headline. Any and every unusually easy-to-come-by reward leaves the potential for your personal information, credit card numbers, or bank details to be stolen. Alternatively, you can also be led to spend money on items you will actually receive but prove to be fake. 

Keep your guard up regardless of where you find this message or ad: whether it is sent to your mobile phone, shared via email, through a friend on Facebook Messenger, or shown on your newsfeed.

Confirm that the message or advertisement comes from a credible source.

For online ads, you can do this by hovering over the photo or link. Remember that the domain link of the URL should be a legitimate website or official channel. To protect yourself further, you can also enable a pop-up blocker in your browser to prevent unwanted ads from appearing.

As far as perks through messages or calls go, any correspondence with a personal mobile number or email address generally should not be considered credible.

Examine the quality of the advertisement. 

Do not trust ads that show you low-quality images or poorly-constructed visuals or ads that fail to provide proper product or service information. On that note, take the time to check for inconsistencies in spelling and grammar. These are dead giveaways regarding the legitimacy of the offer.

Either way, do not click any of the links shown to you or input any of your personal or sensitive information.

Where Globe is concerned, be sure to only process your transactions with Globe’s official channels. Keep your Globe Rewards protected, too, and redeem them safely and securely through the New GlobeOne app.

Art Matthew Ian Fetalver

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