You’re a loyal supporter if you follow a favorite team or athlete. You may be into doling out cash for team merchandise but you’re more akin to finding more creative ways to show your support. Don’t let your enthusiasm get in the way of judging threats that could be waiting for you.
When buying online: You’re most probably willing to shell out cash to support your team, which makes you a hot cybercrime target. Before calling an item a good steal, make sure scammers and fraudsters aren’t stealing from you.
When investing: Cybercrooks know how to pique your interest. Spam that ask for donations and/or contributions in exchange for supposed “great payouts” would always try to get you to fall for malicious tricks.
When searching online: You scour the Web for the latest sports updates. But did you know that cybercriminals’ eyes are always on you. They know how to bait you. Don’t click links to live feeds, recaps, and schedules. Always opt for credible sources.
When sharing online: Cybercriminals will always plant bad links with enticing “covers” to trap loyal supporters like you. They’ll promise “sensational” videos, photos, or news updates that would only lead to bad sites.
When seeking prizes: Cybercriminals always promise false “prizes.” Spam that promise “free tickets” in exchange for personal information still work even to this day.
There’s nothing wrong with being a loyal supporter but being a reckless one is a different matter. Here are some tips to live by to keep threats at bay.
Reckless purchasing is a no-no.
Plane tickets, hotel room reservations, merchandise, and even special commemorative items are best enjoyed when bought hassle- and worry-free from trusted legitimate sites.
Watch what you share.
Just as you wouldn’t want to be lured into clicking bad links others spread, make it a habit to verify information and links before sharing them. Do your part by reporting malicious incidents to site administrators.
Always go to credible sources.
If you’re looking for news and updates, always go to credible sources. Never be too trusting of sites that you haven’t visited before. Or better yet, go straight to events’ official sites for information.
Verify if a good deal is real.
If it sounds too good to be true, it must be. Don’t be blinded by unbelievable promos and freebies. Find a way to verify before you fall into a trap.