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Social Engineering 101: Cybersecurity Course on Scam Spotting

  • Analyze 100+ modern scam examples
  • Study at your own pace, skip, or re-watch
  • Learn about email scams, AI phone calls, & more
Social Engineering 101: Cybersecurity Course on Scam Spotting

What is social engineering?

Social engineering refers to techniques hackers, scammers, or social engineers use to target people and trick them into revealing sensitive data. They aim to get your money, private info, or other data scammers can use to create personal attacks in the future.

Malicious actors can target anyone, from companies and their employees to individual people.

About our social engineering course

Made by online security professionals

Made by online security professionals

The social engineering course was written by cybersecurity writers and reviewed by Surfshark’s Cybersecurity Lead with 15 years of experience in government security services.

90+ min of video material

90+ min of video material

Embark on a journey of 7 engaging video tutorials on social engineering attacks through different mediums. Each of our interactive videos are designed to arm you with the knowledge to outsmart hackers.

Hands-on quizzes and interactivity

Hands-on quizzes and interactivity

The training comes with in-video interactivity and detailed quizzes to teach you how to spot social engineering. Take the quizzes with your new knowledge and boost your social engineering spotting skills from a practical side.

Downloadable cheat sheets

Downloadable cheat sheets

Our course offers downloadable cheat sheets to prepare you to unmask all social engineering scams in practice. Use them anytime you want to quickly refresh your knowledge.

Lifetime course access

Lifetime course access

One account grants you lifetime access to all materials, updates, and new additions. So don't rush yourself. Study at your own pace, with unlimited rewatches and access.

Modern scam collection

Modern scam collection

This course educates about social engineering scams using a vast collection of real-life examples. From classic to modern AI-powered threats online, you'll learn them all.

Social engineering course modules

Social engineering in messages & calls

Dive deeper into good old scams performed via calls and messages. You’ll get insights about tax refund scams, investment calls, streaming platform scams, fake parcel delivery messages, & more. You’ll also learn to spot AI-generated voices and distinguish scammy calls and messages from real ones. 

Social engineering in social media

Learn how to navigate the social media world and identify scams on various platforms. You’ll learn about job scams on Linkedin, social media lotteries, investment scams, account stealing, & more. We’ll also talk about dangerous AI scams & test your knowledge with interactive quizzes. 

Social engineering in digital banking

Typically, banks do not provide compensation for losses resulting from a customer’s mistake. That’s why this lesson focuses on those expensive mistakes. We’ll go over fake issues with banking services, AI-generated scams, fake banking phone calls, payment issues, & more.

Social engineering in emails

We’ll teach clever techniques for spotting a fake email and investigate tactics used by scammers. Dive deep into phishing scams, explore fake online meetings, and become a pro at spotting service impersonators. After that, check your knowledge with interactive quizzes and don’t be puzzled by suspicious emails.

Social engineering in traveling apps

In this part of our social engineering training, you’ll go on a journey full of fake rentals and flights, scammy accommodation listings on trusted websites, airlines without licenses, & more. Learn about robocalls and other scammers’ tactics and uncover the hidden cost of free vacations.

Social engineering in online shopping

Dive deep into online shopping and how to stay safe. After this session, you’ll be able to detect fake retailers, discounts, and messages related to payment issues. We will uncover the logic behind pre-order, delivery, & other online shopping scams.

Social engineering in dating apps

Explore the main types of scams performed by malicious actors on dating apps. This lesson goes beyond sending money to unknown individuals — it uncovers emotional traps, stalking, and usual scammers’ targets. After this lesson, you’ll also know how to distinguish deep fakes & fake profiles like a pro.

What’s the price of Surfshark’s social engineering course?

The cost of our social engineering training is $29.99 USD or $19.99 USD if you’re a Surfshark user*. Surfshark users get a special discount with a coupon code.

This price covers all video materials, interactive quizzes, downloadable material, & cheat sheets. This one-time payment gives unlimited access to the course, bringing you the best value for your investment in cybersecurity education.

*Disclaimer: If you are unsure if you’re eligible for a discount or haven’t received your code, please contact our customer service support, available 24/7.

What’s the price of Surfshark’s social engineering course?

Why choose Surfshark’s social engineering course?

Spot online scams like a professional

Spot online scams like a professional

This course gives you the skills and methods to identify online scams with the expertise of a professional. Through interactive lessons and practical quizzes, you will learn to recognize the subtle tactics cybercriminals use. 

Learn how to counter social engineering

After taking this course, you’ll understand the practices behind social engineering attacks. You will learn to identify manipulation attempts and human behavior patterns, recognize social engineering red flags, and implement countermeasures to protect your privacy and sensitive information.

Learn how to counter social engineering
Strengthen your online defense armor
By securing human blindspots


Is the social engineering course free?

No, the course is not free. There’s a one-time payment of $29.99 USD for unlimited access to the course. Get this course and gain access to all video and downloadable material.

What is the course length?

The course length is around 2 hours. It includes approximately 90 minutes of video material and 21 interactive quizzes. 

Will I get a certification for completing the course?

Yes, you will get a printable and shareable certificate for completing this course. 

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