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Scam or safe? Avoid scam links in texts, emails, and social media

What’s fake and what’s real online is getting more difficult to identify. McAfee can block risky sites even if you accidentally click a link in a scam email, text, or social media. When it comes to text messages, our smart AI puts a stop to scams before you click—detecting any suspicious links and sending you an alert.

Why Scam Protection matters

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Scam or face messages a person receives per day on average

$326M

Lost to text scams this year - double the amount from the prior year

65%

People in North America have clicked on a scam message

Muttii’s Scam Protection

A scam text, email, or link on social media that looks authentic can take you to sites that trick you into entering personal or payment information. Our AI technology automatically detects scams by scanning URLs in your text messages. If you accidentally click? Don’t worry, we can block risky sites if you click on a suspicious link in texts, emails, social media, and more.

How you’re protected with McAfee Scam Protection

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Automatic detection

Once it’s set up, our Scam Protection goes to work immediately. Our patented AI is constantly analysing millions of malicious links from around the world to continually get smarter and protect you even better.

Assessment and Patch

Text scam alerts

Get alerts on your phone before you even open a risky text message. Our service is the only mobile app that proactively alerts you of text message scams on your iPhone as well as Android phones.

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Protection if you click

Our service blocks risky sites even if you accidentally click on a suspicious link in texts, emails, and social media, protecting you from sites where you could fall victim to a phishing scam.

FAQs

These answers might help.

What is Identity Theft ?

Identity theft refers to the unauthorised use of an individual’s personally identifiable information (PII), such as name, national ID, bank information, and other sensitive information that can compromise a person’s privacy, security, and financial assets.

How do I protect myself from identity theft ?

You can protect yourself against identity theft by securing your personal information — online and offline. Make sure to engage in best practices such as using strong passwords, protecting your devices with updated security software, monitoring your bank transactions, securing your personal documents, and minimizing the amount of information you share online. ​

For proactive protection, McAfee® can actively monitor your sensitive information and give step-by-step guidance when you need it the most.

When should I do if I'm a victim of identity theft ?

Begin by analysing the situation and reviewing the compromised information. Then, notify the relevant authorities, such as your bank, coverage agency, a local police station, or a national cybercrime complaint centre. While the relevant authorities are helping you with the case, check and secure your financial accounts, devices, and proof of identity. ​

How many differeWhat is the most common form of identity theft ?nt VPN server locations do you offer ?

The most common form of identity theft is financial identity theft, which refers to any type of theft when someone uses another individual’s information for financial gain. Some examples are New Account Fraud, Account Takeover Fraud, Business Identity Theft, and Tax-Related Identity Theft.

What's included in parental control ?

Parental controls provides you with the ability to supervise and keep your kids safer online. When you sign up for a family plan, you’ll receive easy instructions to get set up with the parental controls app.

     
  • See what your kids are up to: View your kid’s device activity and location at a glance from your phone or desktop.
  • Set rules and time limits: Start off with age-based rules for apps and websites that you can customize based on your kid’s needs.
  • Know where your kids are: Locate them on a live map and receive automated notifications when they enter or leave familiar places like a school or the library.
  • Family requests: Collaborate with your kids by allowing them to request extra app time or access blocked apps or websites.