Types of Scams

Facebook blackmailing – sending links to grab user credentials, hack accounts and ask for money to give it back.

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Renold got the following message that gave a link to update the Facebook account in the new login system Accordingly he clicked the link, entered the username and password, but then he couldn’t …

Selling phones without factory resetting – chance given to recover the content and blackmail

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Misha was experiencing a financially hard time by the end of last year and as a result she decided to sell her phone to small phone shop on the street for a better …

Threatening her to fulfil his needs

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Darshi was a final year university student, who was specializing ‘Drama & Theatre’. Meanwhile, she was applying for jobs in the same field advertised on the internet, planning to join them as soon …

FB Fake account (sports meet photo misuse)

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Ruzi is 15 years old girl who is studying in grade 10. The school has updated their Facebook page with their school sports meet photos. One day one of the parents who is …

‘Do not be cheated – Her Facebook page is fake’

Another misuse in Facebook – Be alert… You may be the next prey!! As Hithawathi educates you before, here’s another real life example for the misuse of Facebook. A case where someone maintains a Facebook account using your pictures and …

Harassed by ex-boyfriend creating fake accounts

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Two years ago Nishi was in a relationship with Kapila but broke up after finding out that he shared the same feelings with another woman secretly. Later on, for some reason that woman …

Blackmailed by a FB friend through messenger

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Siva is a Tamil boy who lives in Ampara. He is a nature lover and his hobby is photography. He received his first ever smart phone one of  a latest models from his …

Hacking email – sending emails to its contacts asking for money

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical It was early morning on a holiday that Jason received an email from one of his close friends saying that, Hey bro, I’m so sorry to disturb you at this moment. But I …

Hacking an accountant’s email – compromising the account, doing nothing for a while but monitoring till the best time for theft.

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Shanaz, the accountant of ‘Best Rubber’ Export Company, normally communicated with the customers via email, which coulda be considered as a written proof in business. Last year she made some negotiations with ‘UK …

Somebody knew everything they talked on Imo

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Ranga was abroad and often talked to his wife, Maya, who lived for rent in a shared boarding house in Colombo where it was closer to her workplace. However, she used to go …

Just binning the documents with personal information, which can be used for various purposes.

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. On a Friday morning, Sonal received the following letter from the postman, He had no clue of this letter. However, it was just a small amount to be paid to get a US$ …

Phone number posted on the Internet

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Shimmi is a social media user. Recently she was checking some clothes shop on Facebook and wanted to know the price of a particular dress. She typed her phone number in the comment …

Updating Facebook status with no sense makes easy for thieves to plan the robbery well.

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Sandra was always on Facebook after her exams and used to update every single thing she did and shared with everyone. Hence, she had a plenty of known unknown friends and followers. She …

Depositing illegally earned foreign money to local students’ bank accounts.

Allan was a foreign student of PVT University of Sri Lanka in 2017. He became quite friendly with a local batch mate named Saman. One day at the canteen they had the following chat, Allan: You know my mom wants …

Facebook phishing – sending links to steal contact lists and harass.

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. When Ayodya was checking her Facebook Inbox, she could find the below message, Hi there, We found the following link with your cute naked pictures and hot videos; www.xyzja;uy;qjyq’qfj-kfkflsj,jl;ftyj Hope you will upload …

Email scam – Job offer

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Jackson is applying for jobs through online. He is sending his Curriculum Vita to several organizations. One morning, when he’s checking his emails, suddenly he saw there’s an email received from a foreign …

Email – Custom Goods Scam

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Mohammed is a business man, He received an email that there are some parcels from a particular company at the custom by mentioning his details and a letter to come and collect all …

WhatsApp – PIN number scam

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Nimali and Amali are good frieds, they whatsApp each other quite a lot. One day Amali recieved a text message to her mobile which immediately followed by a WhatsApp message from Nimali saying …

Lottery Scam Messages

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. One day Lyan’s mother, who was 65 years old, received the following message to her phone and became quite curious about it. She was a person who never thought that anyone would deceive …

Dream of a money box

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical One Saturday, James got an email from someone called Shania, who introduced her as a soldier in Afghanistan. According to the e-mail, she had no relatives and therefore, was looking for a reliable …

Money that can be claimed

Sampath Jayawardena got a surprising email during his hard times. It meant that he had paid some money through PayPal to an online shop but the order was not placed. Moreover, there was a clear receipt saying that the money …

Unexpected email: cannot figure it out

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Sanka was a known as a fun-loving person who was used to spending most of his spare time on the internet. He preferred to get to know a lot of things surfing the …

Online Partner

Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Two years ago, Renu got separated from her husband due to the family issues had between them and she had to fight for life alone to bring up her child. Later on she …

Fixing skimming devices

Fixing skimming devices – on top bars, card slots and pin pads of ATMs with cameras to get the card details and pin numbers, which enable the skimmer to forge the cards and withdraw money. Names and places mentioned herein …

Fixing skimming ATM devices

Fixing skimming ATM devices – pretending to be bank staff, asking customers to insert the card watching pin numbers that enable the skimmer to forge the cards and get money later. Names and places mentioned herein are hypothetical. Last year …