One of the best ways you can protect yourself from scams of all types is to clean up your digital footprint,” says Shavell. “Old email accounts, social media profiles, companies you’ve done business with that have subsequently gone out of business — all of these past records leave a trail of information online that eventually ends up for sale on public databases. Improving personal information hygiene helps people avoid being targeted by scammers in the first place.”

Using a safeguard like Malwarebytes can serve as a buffer between you and cybercriminals. The software stack offers 24/7 real-time protection against a variety of significant existing and emerging threats, including malware, viruses, spyware, online scams, phishing sites, and ransomware, to help stop them before they can reach you.

In addition, look over your credit card and banking statements for suspicious charges and additionally ensure you were actually billed the correct amount…

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