Traveling and summertime go hand in hand, but if you are on the go this summer and are utilizing a Wi-Fi hotspot, double check before connecting your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Scammers use fake Wi-Fi hotspots to steal personal information and sometime specifically to gain access to your device.
How the Scam Works:
You are at a coffee shop, airport, hotel lobby, or other public places, and you want to connect to the Wi-Fi. You search for connections and find one nearby. It may be labeled something generic like "Free Public Wi-Fi." This may look harmless, but don't connect. It is really a scam!
Some fake Wi-Fi hotspots claim to be charging a small fee to use the connection. After a user connects, they are prompted to enter credit card information. Of course, this info is shared with the scammer.
Protect Yourself From a Wi-Fi Scam:
Here are some suggestions to safely use public Wi-Fi connections: