Google introduces Website to Help People Avoid Online Scams.

Google introduces Website to Help People Avoid Online Scams.

Tech Giant, Google has introduced a website that helps users to spot online scams.

This follows the increase in Digital hoaxes, malware, and cyber-attacks during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The website is known as, Scamspotter.org and will show users how to identify false stimulus checks, fake vaccine offers, or other fake medical information.

The site also clarifies certain patterns that are typical of hoaxes, like a romance scammer asking a target to give them money or buy them a gift card, in order for users to recognize them before its too late.

The website has a quiz that runs through common scam scenarios, like getting a message about winning a trip to a tropical destination, even if the recipient didn’t enter a contest.

In making the website, Google partnered with the Cybercrime Support Network, a non-profit focused on assisting victims of online fraud.

Furthermore, Google said, the new website is designed to target and teach seniors, who disproportionately lose more money than other demographics because of scams

The website urges people to share information form the website to the elders living around.

Speaking on the issue, a pioneer in the development of the Internet and Google VP in a blog post said, “It will take a cross-generational effort. If we learn how to spot the bad actors, we can spend our time focusing on those moments that matter.”

CNET revealed that scammers have exploited the pandemic with “alarming speed.”

Per the reports from the Federal Trade Commission, Americans have lost more than $40 million because of COVID-19-related scams.

The agency also projected over $2 billion will be lost due to scams across the board this year, coronavirus-related or otherwise. It said by 2025, cybercrime is expected to cost the world economy more than $27-billion.

This will help people understand the tactics and avoid being a victim of online scams.

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Tosin Agboola

Reporter with Ouut Africa.

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