By Sophia Jensen

What is Fraud?

Fraud is one of the big downsides of digital communication.

What are the different types of Fraud?

  • Phishing & Smishing- Faking an email or message to get person or account information. This could be as harmless and simple as a company tracking what other companies you like to know what ads to send you, or as malicious straight up stealing your identity.
  • Retail/Auction Fraud- If you buy something online but don't receive it, that's Retail/Auction Fraud. They basically take your credit card information.
  • Work at Home Fraud- Every see someone advertising a "super easy job you can do from home"? That would be fraud.

How can I avoid Fraud?

  • Don't reply to emails from unknown addresses
  • Don't download files linked to emails that are unknown
  • Research institutions before continuing
  • If you think something is too good to be true, it most likely is.