How the scam works:
If you are young and feel you have a special aptitude for finding online secrets, you might come across online ads posted by hacking specialists who promise to turn you into a prodigious hacker within a short amount of time. Needless to say, some are good but some are simply scammers. Before it's too late and fall for their pitch, you need to recognize the red flags. How?
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Let's say after you found them and you're ready to give iot a try, you will be told that have to buy their digital courses, kits, webinars or even e-books, which reveal the secret. The deceptive practices that come most of the times via webinars. These gurus create webinars that they claim are live. In reality, the webinars –which are just shameless pitches asking for thousands of dollars for weak digital courses– are just recorded and played over and over again, with a strategic script.
For example, throughout the webinar, the 'guru' might say "Press letter Y if you can hear me well". Within three seconds, he continues: "Oh, that great, I like these Ys". It's just an only recorded trick since there are indeed a few people who would press the letter Y when they can hear the call to action. It makes it look live, but only the audience feed (comments from attendants) is.
On the other hand, although these hacking pros promise to stick around after the webinar for a 30-min Q&A session, they also have recorded questions and answers that they pretend to address to. These answers are strategic too. They are just addressing the questions that relate to how people can pay, the deadline, customers from other countries, etc.
How to avoid the How To Become A Hacker scam:
First things first: you shouldn't become a hacker for the wrong reasons to start with — unless you want to be a white hat hacker. A white hat hacker is a computer security specialist who breaks into protected systems and networks to test and asses their security. White hat hackers use their skills to improve security by exposing vulnerabilities before malicious hackers (known as black hat hackers) can detect and exploit them.
However, if you do attend a webinar made for white hat hacker, how do you know if the webinar is recorded? When you register for the webinar, you may be given a few dates and times. Whatever you pick, it's the same as on a different day. Look at what questions he answers at the end and check to see if they really exist in the audience feed, as if people would ask live. Most likely they are not. There is no real interaction between the guru and the audience.
How to report the How To Become A Hacker scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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