Wi-Fi Login Scam: How It Works
(with video below) Did it ever happen to you that while you wanted to access a Wi-Fi spot there were no networks available? Of course it did. While the Wi-Fi Scam has been occuring since the beginning of the Internet, it is still going strong, especially with the increased use of the mobile phones. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in action the Wi-Fi Scam exposed:
There are two variations of the scam.
Scenario 1. You are in a mall and have a lot of time to kill but also to check your messages or emails. You have your cell phone, but don't want to go to a coffee shop to use their Wi-Fi, because they might ask you to purchase something there. So you try to connect to any network available on the spot. That's where the scam comes in.
Tricksters set up traps creating fake "Free Wi-Fi" networks with the name of the mall, which, once you log in, give scammers access to your personal data.
Scenario 2. The same scam – this time targeting travelers – occurs at hotels that don't have free Internet. Scammers set up fake logins with the name of the hotel you stay at. They bank on the fact that once you open the device you'll see the name of the hotel twice: first with a lock icon on the side (the official one, needs a password) and another one without the lock (free) – so you'll choose the second one.
The scam could be pulled by criminals also in airports, taking advantage of the fact that many of them have annoying registration forms in order to access the Internet freely.
Wi-Fi Login Scam: How To Avoid
Always use reputable networks or the ones that belong to names you can check. At an airport, it's cheaper to pay for a coffee and use their Wi-Fi! At hotels make sure you ask the receptionist which is the correct network to be accessed. Better safe than sorry.
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