Ways to Avoid Being Scammed by Crooks on Social Media

Ways to Avoid Being Scammed by Crooks on Social Media

As shown by research studies, today’s generation is the most tech savvy people. Because of the millenials’ love for social media, crooks on social media have used this online territory to harass their gullible victims. Since these millenials are vulnerable, they are very easy to prey on.

Based on reports by IT security services in Australia, while social media pages may appear to be harmless, people should always remember that the bad guys are always lurking in the dark searching for their hit. The rise of cyberattacks in social media should be a warning and must raise awareness not just for millenials but to anyone who goes online.

Disguising as Messages From Contacts

The modus of this social media scam is to camouflage as a private message (PM) from an FB friend. What really happens is that the baddies have already infiltrated your contact’s account and have sent their details to others who may also  use it to send spammy messages and Trojan horse viruses to other contacts.

If you are beginning to have doubts with the social media messages sent by your friends, tell them as soon as possible that their pages may have have been hacked. If you are re-directed to a different page when you click on the message, look immediately at the URL of this page. If it is not the page where you are expecting to be directed to, then it’s time make an immediate exit.

Bogus Requests to Change Your Password

In this form of cyberattack, you will receive a suspicious email that pretends to be just a typical message from Facebook or Instagram. However, this email will inform you that you need to change your password and will direct you to a suspicious page where you will perform the action. Never ever put in any information on that page because your info will be phished.

Keep in mind that if the prompt takes you to a suspicious webpage that asks you to enter personal data and has a URL that is not from the social media page you are intending to go, chances are this may be an attempt to steal your identity.

Phony Links to Porn Sites

This starts with the cyber thief gaining access and infiltrating into several legitimate social media accounts. Using these stolen profiles, the bad guys will a post with a link that appears to bring you to porn site. After that they’ll tag a number of contacts from this account. If you click on the page, the video won’t play, and will instruct you to download a browser extension in order to watch it. Once you do this, the malware will steal your data and the cybercriminals will gain access to any data you input in the browser. This includes your user name, password, and even credit card and social security numbers.

Like what we’ve stated above, never go to suspicious sites or click on anything that looks doubtful.

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