The internet offers numerous possibilities, but unfortunately also harbours certain risks. An increasingly large proportion of criminal activity now takes place online.
Be alert when using the internet. Criminals generally try to obtain personal information from you, such as passwords, bank details, etc.
Be wary of adverts that seem too good to be true, offers you did not ask for and people you do not know. Avoid being duped: on the internet as in real life, nothing is free.
There are some simple tips to considerably reduce the risk of falling victim to a scam or other attempted criminal activity on the Internet. As a general rule:
- Ignore emails that seem suspicious.
- Question the content and format of emails. Generally, if there are too many spelling or grammatical errors, this is a sign of a scam.
- Do not click on links in these emails and do not open any attachments, as they may contain viruses or malware.
- Never disclose sensitive data (e.g. logins, passwords, bank details, etc.) by email or other messaging services.
- Always use complex passwords and do not use the same password for multiple platforms.
- Update your password regularly.
- If you have any doubts or problems, stop the process and cut contact.
When making online purchases:
- Check that the site is trustworthy, e.g. by reading other users' reviews.
- Check that transactions only take place over an "https" connection.
- Check that the online store allows you to cancel the contract and provides a guarantee for the product.
- Be wary of advance payments and extremely low prices.
- Use secure payment methods (credit card, electronic payment systems, invoice) and avoid paying by cash transfer.
- Always be wary of free offers, particularly if you have to register or make a down payment.