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“Work from home” fraud top scam in Asia

Anuradha Shukla | March 15, 2016
This is according to findings from Internet Scams study by Telenor Group.

'Work from home' fraud, internet auction scam and fake bank email scam are the top three scams in Asia, according to an Internet Scams study by the Telenor Group.

These internet scams are infiltrating consumers' personal information in direct proportion to the expansion of internet accessibility in Asia.

Although many net consumers are aware of e-mail frauds, new scams are born every day making it imperative to assess the landscape of today's online deceptions.

71% of respondents admitted to being an 'internet addict,' 87% find the prospect 'very or somewhat' concerning, alongside fraud (87%) and ahead of violent crime (84%) and terrorism (83%).

"We encourage our netizens to be aware of potential threats and to openly talk with friends and family about online welfare. In the digital world, we must not forget our real world principles, such as, 'if something looks too good, it probably is," said Ola Jo Tandre, head of Social Responsibility at Telenor Group.                                                                     

Scam on smartphones

Use of mobile broadband is increasing in India as a result of which consumers in Asia are about three times more likely to fall victim to a scam on their smartphone than in person.

Online dating scam and identity theft are also prevalent in the region and they are among the top five scams most frequently encountered in Asia.  

Women are more careful about their email security - they are more likely to delete anything suspicious (76% female vs 73% male) and tend to only give their email addresses to close friends (33% female vs 31% male).

On the other hand, men are more likely to invest in software (69% male vs 62% female) and they make sure to research the risks thoroughly (59% male vs 49% female).

Telenor suggests Asians to delete emails that seem to be suspicious and untrustworthy in order to prevent personal risk in online scams.

They should also ignore advertisements and offers that appear "too good to be true," update anti-malware software, undertake online research about scams and share knowledge and preventive ideas with friends and family through social media.


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