Avoiding Social Media Scams

social media scamsSocial Media Scams

From identity theft to fake contests to “send me money” scams, Facebook and Twitter are host to all manner of Internet criminals looking to swindle unsuspecting users out of money or information.  Don’t fall victim!  Here’s how to identify and avoid the most common social media ploys.

Tug at your heartstrings. Most people want to help someone in need, and criminals are on the lookout for any way to exploit this.  Within hours of the Newtown Connecticut shooting, “victims” pages popped up everywhere.  Some of these were created by scammers asking for donations.  Another common ploy is to hack into your friend’s account, then send you a private message asking for money, claiming to be traveling abroad and stranded.  The easiest way to avoid this one is to contact family members to verify they really are traveling before even thinking of sending money.

The lure of “free stuff.”  Whether it’s a Starbucks Gift Card or an offer from Cheesecake Factory that tempts you to click, resist the urge.  This scam is a phishing attempt wherein the culprit tries to get hold of your personal and/or financial data in order to sell it or use it to perform identity theft, credit card fraud, etc.  You’ll be prompted to fill out a survey, likely with personal information, which will in turn be used to harass or spam you outside of Facebook or Twitter.  You’ll also spam all your friends with messages about the fake offer.  When in doubt, never give a 3rd party Facebook application access to your personal information.  If you suspect you may have done so accidentally, visit your Account Settings page, click on Apps and remove anything you don’t recognize, trust and want to have access to your personal data.

“Improve” your Facebook experience. Come on, you know you wanted to add that “dislike” button.  How about changing the color of your Facebook profile?  Both of these lures will have you filling out surveys with personal information and spamming all your contacts to do the same.

Curiosity killed your account.  You receive a Direct Message with an alluring question: “Is this YOU in this video?”  Click on the link and you’re prompted to download an update to your Flash player that is really malware.  Hidden code within causes a Facebook “like” to appear on your timeline, encouraging your friends and family to click and become victims as well.  Both Twitter and Facebook were hit hard with these malware attacks last year.    Another popular one offers to let you “see who has viewed your profile.” It’s just another ploy to gain access to your personal information through surveys and malicious applications.

They offer you easy money, for a fee.  Whether it’s a promise to make thousands of dollars working from home, or the offer of a dream job as a Mystery Shopper, any “job” that requires you to pay up front is most definitely a scam.  Be suspicious of anything that sounds too good to be true.

Word to the wise: always check where a link is directing you before you click.  Hover your cursor over the link without clicking it – the website will display in the lower left-hand corner of your screen.  I once received an email telling me my account was going to be shut down because it had been hacked.  The email contained a link I was to “click on to verify my identity.”  My warning bells rang.  Instead of clicking the link, I contacted customer service, and I was glad I did.  There was absolutely nothing wrong with my account.  If you’re ever prompted to “confirm your email account,” or “verify your password” following a link you received in a private message or an email, don’t do it.  Go directly to the website and log in from there.

There are resources at your disposal if you suspect a fraud.  Snopes (www.snopes.com) tracks Internet scams, rumors and misinformation.  Arm yourself with info about the latest scams through the Better Business Bureau: go tohttp://www.bbb.org/scamstopper.  Facebook itself has a “scams” page in their help section.  They provide tons of information about making your account more secure so you’re protected in the future.

About The Author: Andrea Eldridge is CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, an on-site computer and laptop repair service redding for consumers and businesses.

76 COMMENTS

  1. 941030 583797But wanna remark which you have a very decent internet internet site , I really like the style it really stands out. 32959

  2. Provides anyone obtained any real success from HARO? It merely feels that a lot of of the reporters mounted on the organization can be from the united states which don’t have much objectives from other nations particularly within South Asia. Brian, can you direct me to any full situation research? Thanks.

  3. Includes anyone obtained any real success through HARO? It only feels that many of the reporters installed on the organization will be from america which you do not have much anticipations from other areas especially within South Asia. Brian, are you able to direct us to any full scenario studies? Thanks.

  4. This original blog is considered to be informative and cool. I’ve discovered numerous compelling solutions using this source. I ad want to return yet again soon. Thanks a lot!

  5. 929530 760027Delighted for you to discovered this site write-up, My group is shopping far more often than not regarding this. This can be at this moment surely what I are already seeking and I own book-marked this specific website online far too, Ill often be maintain returning soon enough to look at on your distinctive weblog post. 766273

  6. That is very attention-grabbing, You are an excessively skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and stay up for in the hunt for more of your fantastic post. Also, I’ve shared your website in my social networks!

  7. Great work! This is the type of info that should be shared around the internet. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher! Come on over and visit my website . Thanks =)

  8. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating it but, I’d like to send you an email. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

  9. Appreciate you for sharing these wonderful posts. In addition, the perfect travel plus medical insurance approach can often relieve those considerations that come with visiting abroad. Any medical emergency can quickly become extremely expensive and that’s certain to quickly slam a financial weight on the family finances. Setting up in place the perfect travel insurance package deal prior to leaving is well worth the time and effort. Cheers

  10. One other issue is that if you are in a circumstances where you would not have a cosigner then you may really want to try to exhaust all of your financing options. You could find many funds and other scholarships and grants that will provide you with funding to assist with school expenses. Thanks alot : ) for the post.

  11. 153484 843897There several fascinating points in time in this post but I dont know if I see these center to heart. There could be some validity but Ill take hold opinion until I explore it further. Excellent article , thanks and then we want a lot far more! Put into FeedBurner too 56743

  12. Hi there. I discovered your blog by means of Google even as searching for a comparable topic, your web site came up. It appears to be good. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks to come back later.

  13. Thanks for the diverse tips provided on this blog. I have seen that many insurance agencies offer shoppers generous deals if they opt to insure many cars together. A significant volume of households currently have several cars or trucks these days, specially those with more mature teenage youngsters still located at home, as well as the savings with policies can soon begin. So it makes sense to look for a good deal.

  14. One thing is that one of the most prevalent incentives for making use of your credit cards is a cash-back or even rebate provision. Generally, you’ll get 1-5 back in various acquisitions. Depending on the credit card, you may get 1 back on most expenditures, and 5 back again on acquisitions made on convenience stores, filling stations, grocery stores and also ‘member merchants’.

  15. A person essentially help to make seriously articles I would state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to create this particular publish incredible. Wonderful job!

  16. One thing I would like to say is always that before obtaining more computer system memory, look into the machine into which it could be installed. In case the machine can be running Windows XP, for instance, a memory limit is 3.25GB. Adding in excess of this would easily constitute a new waste. Make sure one’s motherboard can handle the actual upgrade volume, as well. Good blog post.

  17. Hi, i think that i noticed you visited my website
    thus i came to go back the favor?.I’m trying to in finding issues to
    improve my web site!I assume its good enough to make use of a few of your concepts!!

  18. One more thing that I want to share here is that, doesn’t matter what you are using free blogging service except if you donít update your webpage on regularly basis then itís no more worth.

  19. Good post. I be taught something tougher on totally different blogs everyday. It will all the time be stimulating to learn content material from other writers and observe slightly one thing from their store. I’d favor to make use of some with the content material on my blog whether or not you don’t mind. Natually I’ll offer you a hyperlink on your net blog. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I’m very pleased to discover this great site. I need to to thank you for ones time for this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely savored every part of it and I have you saved to fav to look at new stuff on your blog.

  21. I think other website proprietors should take this web site as an model – very clean and fantastic style and design, in addition to the content. You are an expert in this topic!

  22. Good site! I really love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your feed which must do the trick! Have a great day!

  23. Hi! I’ve been reading your site for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Huffman Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the good job!

  24. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is required to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100 sure. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  25. Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossip and web stuff and this is really frustrating. A good web site with interesting content, this is what I need. Thank you for making this site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters? I Can’t find it.

  26. Howdy. Very nice site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds additionally…I am glad to locate so much useful info right here within the article. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Nice post. I study something tougher on totally different blogs everyday. It is going to at all times be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice a bit one thing from their store. I’d desire to use some with the content on my blog whether you don’t mind. Natually I’ll offer you a link on your internet blog. Thanks for sharing.

  28. I am really loving the theme/design of your weblog. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems? A few of my blog audience have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Opera. Do you have any solutions to help fix this issue?

  29. Hi there! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to look it over. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Terrific blog and amazing style and design.

  30. Certainly I like your web site, but you have to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell you. However I will certainly come back again!

  31. Excellent items from you, man. I have have in mind your stuff previous to and you are just too excellent. I really like what you’ve bought right here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which in which you say it. You’re making it entertaining and you continue to take care of to stay it wise. I can not wait to read much more from you. That is actually a great site.

  32. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your blog. You have some really great posts and I think I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please send me an e-mail if interested. Thank you!

  33. Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this website. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s very hard to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appeal. I must say you have done a very good job with this. Also, the blog loads extremely fast for me on Chrome. Superb Blog!

  34. Thanks for your blog post. I would love to say that a health insurance specialist also works for the benefit of the particular coordinators of your group insurance. The health agent is given a directory of benefits desired by anyone or a group coordinator. Such a broker does is look for individuals or even coordinators which usually best complement those requirements. Then he provides his recommendations and if both parties agree, this broker formulates legal contract between the two parties.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here