buyer beware

Q3 Scams Step 1

19. Buyer Beware
If you are on the Internet at some point you are going to run across one of the examples from the video you watched at the beginning of this Quest. The important thing is to be aware of scams and not fall for them.

Pop-ups. Email, Social Media, Phishing, OMG!...

1. Scammers will try to get you to click on a link or a pop-up message that appears on your computer, a website, or email to access your computer.  We know that Microsoft and Apple will not contact you to install internet security on your computer. Think before you click.

2. With an email or a social media account you are going to receive different types of scams.  It is best not to open suspicious email. Just delete it. Sharing private information about yourself in an email or social media account, such as your full name, address, date of birth, and passwords, is not advised.

3. Email providers filter suspicious emails into your spam folder that is emptied every 30 days. Some emails don't get caught by the spam filters and will still appear in your email. These emails are usually trying to access your private information or convince you to send money. These are called phishing scams.

Phishing scams typically:

  • Ask you to verify your account
  • Makes it seem urgent
  • Have spelling errors in the message
  • Alert you that your account is in trouble
  • Ask you to download an attachment or click on a link
  • Tell  you about an offer that is too good to be true

4. Watch this video Stay Safe from Phishing and Scams

MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
d. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online

5. Computational Thinker
b. Collect data or identify relevant data sets