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Are your online selfies making you vulnerable to hackers? 4 scams to watch out for

Added 03-04-21 01:04:02pm EST - “Beware of these 4 selfie scams that could put your personal information in the hands of the wrong people.” - News.yahoo.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Are your online selfies making you vulnerable to hackers? 4 scams to watch out for”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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Some online services ask you to confirm your identity by taking a photo of yourself holding your photo ID. It’s the easiest way to verify that you are you...right? The bad news: if that selfie with your photo ID gets into the hands of scammers, they can potentially steal your identity. Here’s how the scams operate and how to stay on guard.

One tactic hackers sometimes take to try and obtain a selfie of you with your photo ID is to exploit your excitement at the opportunity of a prize or money. For example, one afternoon you receive a scam phishing email [phishing means pretending to be from a reputable company but trying to trick you out of personal and sensitive information] informing you that a payment or a prize is waiting for you. It’s practically a done deal, the email says. All you have to do is click on the link and take one quick little picture of you and your ID. Easy peasy.

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