Most scam advice one can find on the Internet usually contains information about a very specific scam going around snaring people. But the problem with scams is that scammers are always a step ahead of any information one can find. However scams that are going around usually have things in common in how they operate. Let me explain; everyone know to stay away from Nigerian scams, an unlucky prince getting in touch with a random person on the internet and asking for help to release the funds he has stashed away. Of course, this involves that random person paying for solicitor fees before they can get their 1 million. But Nigerian scams can have other guises, such as a poor Syrian girl whose parents have died and who needs your help to get to the money her dying father put in a trust, a good Christian dying of cancer who wants you to become a beneficiary of their estate and give to the poor etc. They all are the same scam with a different sob story. But I want to concentrate on simpler scams that usually use links in their messages. They are meant to be quick and catch you in a moment of curiosity and carelessness. Let's concentrate on the scam warning I found warning about a specific scam affecting a particular company. Here is an example
You may see a scam warning like this on Twitter other social media and if you happen to receive a text asking you the same thing you will think twice about clicking the link in the text. But how about if you receive a text asking you to click on a link to get something you're interested in instead for half the price? Something that you didn't see a warning about online, possibly a shop you often shop with or an app you use on your phone? If this happened you may automatically act without considering the possibility it could be a scam. Scammers send scams like this on a daily basis with many variations. Some are dating sites offering reduced price membership, some are to do with festival, football, gig tickets, some pretend to be websites on which somebody has left you a message which you could access via the link. What all of these have in common is asking you to perform a function, i.e. click a link. Here is another.
Generally these days, any unsolicited link is a bad sign. Any unsolicited email or text is almost certainly not that credible and should be avoided, even if it comes from one of your friends. Scammers know we are more likely to trust our friends and many phishing scams are designed to spread through address books of those that are hacked. Consider, instead, whether you should be getting this information legitimately, whether your friend would send you links like this. And if you have any doubts, it is better to quickly Google the offer to see if it is genuine, or go straight to the legitimate site and try to access it that way.
Links are bad news. Even if they are relatively harmless they will spam your friends and you will have to change all your passwords. You don't need lengthy advice on each phishing scam out there, you just need to remember this; never click unsolicited links in emails or texts.