Cybercriminals are constantly tweaking their crafty methods to maximize the public impact. Today, scammers are finding the most success reaching a wide audience through social media. With over 3 billion social network users around the world, the number of online fraud cases and social media attacks are steadily on the rise.
When it comes to social media, scammers use the high volume of users to their advantage. They blend in and methodically research their potential victims before launching targeted attacks that have the potential to negatively impact your finances or cause damage to your reputation.
There are several tactics that social media scammers will try to use in order to lure their victims into taking the bait. Read on to learn more about what these strategies are so you can successfully avoid falling for them and protect the information that matters to you most.
Don’t Fall for these 3 Social Media Scams
- Hidden URLs: Shortened URLs are common on social media sites like Twitter. Since the full URL is hidden, clicking on these links could potentially lead you to a site that infects your computer with malware. To help keep your device safe from these hidden threats, make sure that your anti-spyware and antivirus protection is up-to-date.
- Phishing Requests: By now you may be familiar with the traditional email-based phishing attacks. Today, social media phishing has become a quick and reliable way for scammers to take advantage of a more relaxed and trusting environment. There are several forms of this type of phishing attack including fake customer support accounts, fake comments on popular posts, and fake links to discounts and trending videos. To prevent a hacker from taking total control over your account, install anti-phishing defences.
- Fake Public Profiles: Social media sites are built on the foundation of making it easy for users to stay in touch with friends and make new ones. A scammer may try and take advantage of this by posing as one of your friends and ask you to transfer money to get them out of trouble. Before engaging with the other party, make contact with your friend via a phone call to ask him or her about the request, to verify the authenticity. The next step you should take is to double check that your computer has not been infected as well.
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