How to Avoid Online Scams | Consumer Reports


[SNAP] Welcome back to– That sounds shady! Woo! The game show where contestants
answer tough questions about online privacy traps. Take it away, Elliot. It is time now for
our lightning round. We’re back with our returning
champion, Jack Rico. How are you feeling, Jack? I’m feeling great, Elliot. Thanks. Here’s what happens next. You have to answer 2 of the
next 3 questions correctly. Are you ready? I’m ready. Audience, are you ready? Yes! Now, say hello once again
to our Consumer Reports privacy expert Thomas Germain. Hello, Thomas! Woo! Jack, first question here– no pressure. You get this email
from your bank saying there’s been suspicious
activity on your account. You just need to click here,
and put in your account number. [CLOCK TICKING] Hm. [BELL] That sounds shady, Elliot. That’s right, Jack. Well done. Go Jack! Tell our audience why, Thomas. Look closely. Phishing emails will
often try and lure you in with an email address
that looks official and pretty close to the
company’s legitimate one, but it’s off by a
couple of letters. If you click on it,
the link will take you to a website that may try
to trick you into giving up your password,
credit card numbers, or other personal information. So sneaky. Thank you, Thomas. Next up, Jack– you’re
taking an online quiz to find out which sitcom
character you’re most like. But to get the answer, you need
to answer your social media name and password. What do you say, Jack? I love these quizzes. I’ve done these before. So my answer is that is legit. [BUZZER] Oh, I’m sorry Jack. That is incorrect. Tell him why, Thomas. Well, these quizzes exist
to collect your data, and you should
know that going in. Whoever made this
quiz doesn’t need your social media
login, or password, or any other personal
information for that matter. Don’t give it to them. When they have it, they
could use your information to log into your account,
post things on your behalf, or scoop up your personal data. That sounds shady! Uh-huh. OK, Jack. You must get this last
one correct to win our super duper grand prize. Here we go. You’re tagged in a post on your
friend’s social media account. The post claims you
can get up to 90% of the price of your
favorite sunglasses if you click the link and
enter your credit card info. For the win Jack. I mean, 90% of sunglasses? What a bargain. Jack, we have to
have your answer. [BELL] That sounds shady, Elliot. That’s right, Jack! Woo! Yes! Take it away, Thomas! Well, this is a common move
for social media hackers. But good advice
across the board– if you see a deal online that
looks too good to be true, it probably is. And the last thing you want
is for your credit card info falling into the wrong hands. Congratulations, Jack. And tell him what
he’s won, Elliot! Jack, for all your hard
work keeping a hackers and their tricky
scams at bay, you win a lifetime supply
of digital privacy! Yes! Ooh. Thank you, Elliot! Thank you, my wife,
my friends, my fans! That’s all the time we have
for this edition of That Sounds Shady. Join us again next time. For now, I’m Elliot
Weiler signing off. [MUSIC PLAYING] [SNAP]

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