Steering Clear of Cyber Tricks

Uploaded by SafetyCenterVideos on 05.01.2010

Free cellphone! Enter here to win a free beach vacation!
Bad luck if you don't pass this on to 10 friends! With all the pop-up games, contests, and flashy
offers on your phone and computer, you know some of them can't be real.
So how do you know what you can trust online? And what might harm you or your computer?
Let's start by taking a closer look at what cyber tricks or scams are:
Free offers usually aren't free. If a website asks for financial information like a credit
card number to get your free prize, chances are, you (or your parents) are going to find
a surprise charge on the bill. Some websites trick you into giving out personal
information so they can send you more tricks. Once you're on their list, it's hard to get
off! If you pass a chain email on to your friends,
you're putting them at risk of being tricked or worse.
Even those cool personality tests might be gathering facts about youto make it easier
to guess your password or other secret information. To avoid falling for these scams, think about
these tips before you click: Stay away from pop-up contests, no matter
how much fun they seem. You can't win! And there is usually a secret trick, like collecting
information about you, seeing if your email address is active, or infecting your computer
with destructive software. Do a web search for a company's name before
you give them any information about you. If you can't find them online, the contest or
ad is probably not real. Read the fine print! It might seem cheap now,
but then ten payments of what?!?
Sometimes websites just want to steal your private information and use it for themselves.
When they pretend to be someone you trust like an old friend, distant relative, your
bank, or even your email service, that's called... Phishing
No, not that kind! Most legitimate businesses will never ask
for personal information - like account numbers, passwords and social security numbers - via
email. Period.
Don't get hooked: If you get an email asking for your password
or other identifying information, don't click on any link or file in the suspicious email.
Instead, open a new browser window and log into the company's website as you normally
do. If there actually is an issue with your account,
the site should give you instructions on how to fix it.
If you realize you've been tricked by one of these scams or phishing attacks, take action:
Tell a trusted adult immediately. The longer you wait the worse it may get!
If you are worried about your bank account or credit card info, contact the bank or credit
card company immediately. If you received a phishing email, go to
to report it. Remember, everyone can help keep the internet
safe and fun.
Let's review: Be smart with your clicks to avoid nasty tricks.
Check out a website before you share your--or your friend's--information.
And if you realize you've been tricked, tell someone.
Thanks for watching! Stay tuned for more tips from the YouTube team.