What is social media scam and how to avoid it form compromised?

The popularity of using social media has blasted with over 1.35 billion active Facebook users per month and over 184 million active users on Twitter. As a result, the huge number of information exchanged per day and scammer are targeting and attacking social media to hack that information. So it is essential to lock your information before become a scam victim.

Some common Scams on social media

Watching latest news and Fake naked video: The scammers use social engineering to offer free videos on Facebook and your computer can be infected. Sometime, there is some naked videos display in the form of ads or look like YouTube video. When you click on the video or link, it claims to update “Adobe Flush Player”. When you click to update, it installed fake Flush player with malware and your computer can get infected.

Malicious software or apps on Facebook: There are some attractive scam apps or software offers the Facebook users to get additional features that Facebook does not provide. For example, Change Your Facebook Color app tricks the user to share this app and spams to users’ friend. Who viewed your Facebook Profile traps users by displaying a message from friend or ads. If you click on that, your Facebook profile will be visible to scammer.

Fake Organizations: You might have seen already, there some organizations post emotional, heart- touching pictures of babies with serious sicknesses and asking for donation. If you donate emotionally without proper investigation, you may become a scam victim.

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What recommendations or protections  can be taken?

  • Use up to date anti-virus, anti-malware and anti-spyware software on computer and mobile devices.
  • Make sure, you make your profile to view only with your friend unless you want to make it public.
  • Use complex password by mixing numbers and special characters and use separate passwords for each account.
  • Try to avoid using third party application on the social media due to security and privacy may not same as social media site.
  • Do not open any email attachment receive form unwanted sender.
  • Do not click on links on your email or attachment received from your friends or families, you look suspicious. Scammer sometime sends spam email showing your friends or families as sender.
  • Do not post or share your personal information on Social media.
  • Do proper investigate about the link or url you are clicking and some fake website looks similar to a real website.