In the last few years everything we do has slowly started to move online, from keeping in contact with relatives to managing our bank accounts, buying online items and even depositing cash into cash accounts for a bit of fun in our spare time.
Of course this move to online control has meant that there’s now an increased risk in our sensitive information being leaked to scammers or hackers. With PayPal becoming their new favourite target a lot of bingo players have moved to Ukash as it seems to be more secure.
However, Ukash isn’t as safe as you might think; there are in fact quite a lot of Ukash scams to watch out for. So we’ve decided to list the top five ways in which scammers will try to get their hands on your details and how to avoid this.
1: Free Ukash Generators
First up is the almost stereotypical free Ukash generator option that’s quite prevalent on the web. These pieces of software advertise free Ukash codes that you can enter to essentially get free money, although it may seem glaringly obvious that these are scams some people still fall for them.
There’s one thing to always remember and that’s you’ll never get something for nothing, although in this case all you’ll be getting is a hard drive full of viruses, your sensitive information gone or worse a bricked CPU. So if you see something along the lines of “Download this and get free codes” just stay well away.
2: Cold Callers or Phishing Emails
Everyone’s familiar with cold calls, we all hate those harassing calls by double glazing, PPI, insulation or insurance companies.
Ukash is no different, you’ll quite often get either a call or an email from what may seem to be a legitimate company or in this case Ukash or casino provider telling you that there’s a problem in your account and that you have to fill in a form or head to a link to reset your account details.
These are actually forms of phishing; they serve no purpose other than to get a hold of your sensitive information.
A trick to keeping your cash and personal details safe is to either ignore these emails or check the wording of them very carefully. Ukash or other sites will never give a generic ‘sir or madam’ greeting and they’ll never use aggressive language like ‘urgent’ or ‘immediately’. Also check the URL of the email; if it’s from a provider you don’t recognise it’s probably a scam.
3: Website Scams
This one comes in the form of sites that say they’re connected to Ukash and will request you to put in your details so you can start making Ukash payments with them.
The best way to combat these is to head over to the Ukash website and check their list of genuine Ukash bingo partners to find out which sites actually use Ukash. see Security Tips here.
4: Ukash Ransom Virus
This horrible little item normally takes the form of a piece of downloadable software in an email that you’re asked to install or a link to a website that contains malware. This Ukash virus will then take your details and hold them to ransom; from there the scammers will then demand money to unlock your PC, which of course it never will.
To keep yourself safe never download any software included in an e-mail no matter how legitimate it seems.
5: Exchange Sites
Another widely used scam is Ukash exchange websites, just like the website scam we covered above, these sites promise to exchange any of your leftover Ukash money for things like Bitcoins or other forms of digital currency.
These are of course scams and will not only leave you out of pocket but your personal details will also be compromised.
To avoid this you just have to stay away from these sites, it’s as easy as that.
If you keep an eye out for these scams we’ve covered and just exercise a modicum of caution around any suspicious sites or emails you receive and you shouldn’t have any problems from scammers and your Ukash information will remain secure.