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Avoid Scams On Social Media With These Helpful Tips

By Shor M. Rae , May 04, 2017 05:52 AM EDT
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The internet has been around for decades and the birth of social media has made its presence more vital to modern human beings. However, the social media has become a vast community that also poses threats to millions. There are various ways to spot scams and avoid them.

Know The Signs And Spot The Fakes

The social media network used to be a healthy place to meet new friends and people all over the world. It was like that at the beginning until some devious people realized that they can easily take advantage of the animosity that the internet provides and lure unknowing victims to scams. Scams are always carried out through elaborate fake posts, seducing people into various kinds of opportunities.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have countless users that offer and sell a wide array of services and products. Some may look legit at first glance but things get fishy when it starts asking for money, phishing for personal information, or even installing an unknown software especially when it is not necessary to do so. They usually distract potential victims with honeyed words, deceiving them with fake opportunities.

Facebook has even recently added security warnings over scams roaming their site. The scams go from giving free coupons and a limited number of concert tickets. These devious schemes, unfortunately, have gone viral and many have fallen for the trap.

Be Vigilant, Don’t Get Lured In

Scams are generally based on the popular thought that if it is too good to be true, then it most probably is. There are ways to find out whether or not something on social media is legitimate and this is mostly based on efforts of researching about certain details. Always ask questions and do not be afraid of asking them. Every interested customer or client has every right to ask what they’re getting into and if they’re not getting the right and straight answers, then it’s most likely a con.

Aside from that, ask around and check out if there’s credible history that can attest that it’s not a scam. Converse with previous clients, take into account the reviews, be wary of the negative ones and pry about it. As mentioned before, scams are usually elaborate and devised by anonymous scheming people, and if it still doesn’t feel right after researching about it then might as well not get into it at all.

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