Social Networking Scams
The scams you'll come across most often on social networking sites are related to identity theft. Users provide a great deal of information about themselves when they create their profile, which makes social networks so attractive to scammers who are looking to access someone else's information for illegal purposes.
Phishing is also something to be aware of on social networking sites. Look out for:
- Messages posted on walls or in the newsfeed that look like they're from companies you trust (often one you recognize or a financial institution).
- A quiz or survey that can end up charging you or infecting your computer with a virus.
- An imposter posing as one of your friends to get you to send money because they're in trouble.
The objective is to try to scam you into providing information, like your username and password, so they can gain access to your personal information.
Learn more about how to avoid social networking scams and the risks involved.
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