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Top 5 scariest internet scams

5. Ransomware emails

You've heard a lot about ransomware attacks recently. They're scary because hackers lock up your computer files until you pay up.

The most common way cybercriminals are infecting your digital devices with ransomware starts with a phishing email scam. If they can trick you into opening an attachment, like the one in the phishing email scam below, they'll encrypt your computer files in no time. If it's a well-made ransomware like Locky, there's almost no way to get your computer files back, without communicating with the criminals and paying them.

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Ransomware has become hackers' favorite go-to scam because it's easy to trick people into infecting their hand-held devices and computers. Malicious software is disguised as an attachment, and a few clicks are all it takes to accidentally install it.

There are so many ransomware scams spreading now, it's nearly impossible to name them all in one article. Click here to see the most dangerous types of ransomware spreading now, and press play below to listen to our podcast on how to protect yourself.

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