Social Media Scams

While social media is a fantastic way to keep in touch or interact with people, social media scams are everywhere. 

Social media scams take many forms, and many are native to one particular platform as Facebook scams, Twitter scams, Instagram scams (separate categories), and more are operating and trying to fleece people of money or use their personal information for nefarious purposes. 

Facebook scams include messages from fake profiles, malware hidden in Facebook apps and games that are part of phishing attacks, and classified ad scams in the Facebook Marketplace.

 

Social Media Scams: List Below

Twitter scams can include emails sent from “Twitter,” and links in messages that are part of phishing attacks. 

Multi-Level marketing scams are also common on social media and their empty promises of easy riches. 

Social media can be wonderful, but be careful. Keep your eye on this space, and learn about the scams on social media as they emerge.

Dating Online: Background

How the Online Dating Background Scam Works: You are registered on an online dating website and find somebody you like. You start talking and it seems like everything is going well, but somehow you still have some reserves: maybe something sounds fishy or you just want to be extra careful. That's when you might come across … Dating Online: Background Read More »

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Online Dating: New in Town

Online Dating: How the New in Town Scam Works: You get the following email or a Facebook message with the subject “New in Town”: “Hi! My name is Jennifer Smith. I’m new in town. I just moved here from Colorado. I saw that we live close to each other and I was hoping to chat, or … Online Dating: New in Town Read More »

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Designer Offer with Survey

How the scam works: You are attracted by great online prices for “exquisite” brand name designer products. While you are filling out the online purchase form, you are required to take a quick survey in order to end the transaction. Pushing the “Continue” button or the “OK” button (agreeing to take the survey) means you … Designer Offer with Survey Read More »

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Donation for Charity

How the scam works: After every major disaster, such as the Connecticut shooting, Hurricane Sandy, Japanese Tsunami, the Chilean earthquake, Katrina, etc, several scammers set up funds for worldwide donations, claiming to be charitable organizations. Using similar names to the real ones (United Nations, Red Cross, United Way), the crooks create viral campaigns on social … Donation for Charity Read More »

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E-mail Quota Exceeded

How the scam works: (with video below) You use your e-mail a lot for sending and receiving attachments, so you're not surprised if the limit is sometimes reached. However, watch out for an e-mail that is warning you about your e-mail exceeding its maximum limit and sounds like this: "Dear Subscriber, this is to inform you … E-mail Quota Exceeded Read More »

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Fast Food Free Meal Coupon

How the scam works: (with video below) Millions of people eat at McDonald's, Pizza Hut, or Wendy's every day – it's a fact. Reproducing the brands' graphics, scammers advertise free meals at the most popular fast-food chains in the world. The recipients of the message have to open the coupon attached to the email and … Fast Food Free Meal Coupon Read More »

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Fine Wine Investment

How the scam works: (with video below) As you grew older your taste buds started to appreciate wine more and more and, before you knew it, you became a wine expert – or at least you consider yourself one. You know how to differentiate a Shiraz from a Cabernet, so time brought you a nice … Fine Wine Investment Read More »

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File Sharing

How the scam works: You have probably come across several file sharing websites for music or movies. The pages look good graphically, but it’s usually a long way before you can see or hear the content, and most times you never get that far. The scam comes in three forms. Scenario 1. You are required to … File Sharing Read More »

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Donations for Tragedy Victims

How the scam works: Requests for charity donations are so common nowadays that they could happen anywhere. This is a truly horrible scam. The crooks come with collection boxes, especially in pubs (where they take advantage of people being tipsy), or even move door to door, selling their emotional stories. It is reported that some scammers … Donations for Tragedy Victims Read More »

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