The Latest Digital Scams You Should Know About

By : TechnoEdge Learning February 23, 2021

Cybercrime is on the rise, and as the instance of online criminal activity increase, so does the variety of methods employed by cybercriminals. Staying safe in the digital space means staying on top of the latest developments in cybersecurity and cybercrime. We are going to take a look at what some of the latest digital scams are, and how you can be a part of preventing them by earning a cybersecurity certification, like the CompTIA Security+ certification.

WhatsApp Scams

WhatsApp is one of the most widely-used messaging applications and this makes it a prime target for cybercriminals. WhatsApp crimes largely involve account-takeovers, the process of stealing an account from its intended users. These takeovers are being conducted using social engineering techniques, meaning that criminals are not using software, but old-fashioned dishonesty to trick people into giving up sensitive information.

Criminals are posing as WhatsApp administration and having users send them a verification code, allowing the criminal to access the user’s account from their own device. After taking over the account, they pose as the user and request money from their contacts. In countries where WhatsApp Pay enables payment directly through the app, this crime can be even easier for cybercriminals to profit off of.

Crimes of this nature are difficult to prevent within an organization given that they do not rely on software. Getting CompTIA Security+ training can help you to spot social engineering cybercrimes and educate others in an organization on how to spot them.


Ransomware continues to be one of the most popular methods employed by cybercriminals. Ransomware is becoming increasingly sophisticated and the criminals developing it are now profiting by selling their ransomware to other criminals. Ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) opens up ransomware crimes to any cybercriminal willing to pay a nominal fee. With the means to pull off ransomware attacks becoming more accessible, and with the targets for ransomware attacks being much broader than in previous years, the threat of any individual or organization being hit with ransomware is more real than ever before.


Ransomware is not the only criminal product being sold as a service. Malware-as-a-service (MaaS) has been around for several years and continues to grow in popularity. As both ransomware and malware crimes adopt business-style organizations, it is likely that more struggling IT professionals and recent IT graduates will turn to these organizations if they fail to find employment in the legal market.

Finding legitimate employment in IT is much easier when you have certifications, like the CompTIA Network+ certification. 91% of employers place a high value on certifications and consider them a sign of a successful employee. Getting CompTIA Network+ training can help your career and you can use your knowledge to protect others from cybercrimes.

Becoming Part of the Solution

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing areas of IT and it is critical in combatting the rise of cybercrimes. The best way to become a part of this exciting industry is to get certifications that are industry-recognized. CompTIA is a leading tech organization, and they offer entry-level certification (CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+) and advanced certifications (CompTIA CySA certification).

You can make the process of earning your certification easy by registering for a 5-day, boot-camp style CompTIA exam prep course offered by TechnoEdge Learning. TechnoEdge is a certified CompTIA partner, which means the courses are taught using the most up-to-date information from CompTIA. TechnoEdge courses cover entry-level certifications and even advanced CompTIA CySA+ training. Each course is taught by a CompTIA certified instructor who will be there to guide you through the course and immediately answer any burning questions you have.

Now is the best time to start working towards your next IT certification. Register now for one of TechnoEdge’s upcoming courses and take your career to the next level.

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