George Gamon shared his harrowing experience of being hacked—twice. His Twitter account, boasting over 240,000 followers, was compromised, and the hacker even went as far as to steal his identity to set up credit cards. Despite having a strong password and two-step verification, Gamon fell victim to these nefarious activities.
The Legal Battle
Frustrated by Twitter’s lack of responsiveness, Gammon had to resort to hiring Robert Barnes, a high-profile lawyer, to resolve the issue. The hacker was so sophisticated that they manipulated the two-step verification process, making it appear as though Gamon still had control over his account.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just the older generation that’s falling prey to these scams. Younger people, who are generally more trusting of the internet, are also being targeted. Why? Because they’ve grown up in a digital world and are less skeptical of online interactions.
The Red Flags: Know Them, Avoid Them
Urgent Messages from “Friends”: If you suddenly receive an emergency request for money, be skeptical.
Too Good to Be True: Huge discounts and promises of massive investment returns are classic bait.
Typos and Strange Spellings: Poor grammar and odd punctuation can be a giveaway.
Rushing You Into a Decision: Scammers often create a sense of urgency to cloud your judgment.
The Future is Bleak: Deep Fakes and AI
As AI technology evolves, the scams are going to get more sophisticated. Imagine a future where you can’t even trust a video because it’s a deep fake, indistinguishable from the real person. The only way to verify authenticity might be through live streams, which are currently difficult to fake.