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Online Social Media Scams

social media online scamsOnline Social Media Scams! Scammed My Son

After reading this article about hidden charges and scams, it reminded me of when my teenage son clicked on an online social media scams site and signed up for a free service, which he didn’t know that he was going to get billed for.

I noticed my Verizon bill was charged for something that I didn’t request, so I decided to call them about it, they told me someone signed up for a free online service through an online social media scams site and that’s what I’m being billed for.

I told them that I didn’t sign up for anything through an online social media service. After they mentioned the name of the company and told me to call the company about the matter.

I called the company to inquire about my bill, then they told me my son’s name who signed up for the free service. This got me very upset, because I always warned my son about online social media scams and to be very carefully online . . .

I don’t understand why some online services offers free service if they know it’s not really free! This is something we all have to be aware of especially, with so many services being offered with hidden charges . . . But when it says free, it should be FREE! And we still have to be careful about this, since there are so many online social media scams.

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Five Online Social Media Scams:

We’re wired to be social creatures, and sites as Twitter and Facebook have capitalized on this to great success. According to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook draws 175 million logins every day.

1. But with this tremendous popularity comes a dark side as well. Virus writers and other cyber criminals go where the numbers are — and that includes popular social media sites. To help you avoid a con or viral infection, we’ve put together this list of the top five online social media scams.

1. Chain Letters!  Can Also Be Online Social Media Scams
You’ve likely seen this one before — the dreaded chain letter has returned. It may appear in the form of, “Retweet this and Bill Gates will donate $5 million to charity!” But hold on, let’s think about this.

Bill Gates already does a lot for charity. Why would he wait for something like this to take action?

Answer: He wouldn’t…

Both the cause and claim are fake. So why would someone post this? Good question. It could be some prankster looking for a laugh, or a spammer needing “friends” to hit up later. Many well-meaning people passes these fake claim onto others. Break the chain and inform them of the likely reuse.

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2. Cash Grabs
By their very nature, social media sites make it easy for us to stay in touch with friends, while reaching out to meet new ones. But how well do you really know these new acquaintances?

That person with the attractive profile picture who just friended you — and suddenly needs money — is probably some cyber criminal looking for easy cash. Think twice before acting. In fact, the same advice applies even if you know the person…
Picture this: You just received an urgent request from one of your real friends who “lost his wallet on vacation and needs some cash to get home.” So, being the helpful person you are, you send some money right away, per his instructions.

But there’s a problem: Your friend never sent this request. In fact, he isn’t even aware of it. His malware-infected computer grabbed all of his contacts and forwarded the bogus email to everyone, waiting to see who would bite…
Again, think before acting. Call your friend. Inform him of the request and see if it’s true. Next, make sure your computer isn’t infected as well.

3. Hidden Charges
“What types of STAR WARS character are you? Find out with our quiz! All of your friends have taken it!” Hmm, this sounds interesting, so you enter your info and cell number, as instructed.

After a few minutes, a text turns up. It turns out. You’re more Yoda than Darth Vader. Well, that’s interesting … but not as much as your next month’s cell bill will be. You’ve also just unwittingly subscribed to some dubious service that charges $9.95 every month.

As it turns out, that “free, fun service” is neither. Be wary of these bait-and-switch games. They tend to thrive on social sites.


4. Phishing Requests! Online Social Media Scams

“Somebody just put up these pictures of you drunk at this wild party! Check ’em out here!” Huh? Let me see that! Immediately, you click on the enclosed link, which takes you to your Twitter or Facebook login page. There, you enter your account info — and a cyber criminal now has your password, along with total control of your account.

How did this happen? Both the email and landing page were fake. That link you clicked took you to a page that looked only like your intended social site. It’s called phishing, and you’ve just been had. To prevent this, make sure your Internet security includes anti phishing defenses.

Many freeware programs don’t include this essential protection. That’s why you should invest and get a good security protection to protect you from Online Social Media Scams

5. Hidden URLs
Beware of blindly clicking on shortened URLs. You’ll see them everywhere on Twitter, but you never know where you’re going to go since the URL (“Uniform Resource Locator,” the Web address) hides the full location.

Clicking on such a link could direct you to your intended site, or one that installs all sorts of malware on your computer.

URL shorteners can be quite useful. Just be aware of their potential pitfalls and make sure you have real-time protection against spyware and viruses

Bottom line: Sites that attract a significant number of visitors are going to lure in a criminal element, too. If you take security precautions ahead of time, such as using antivirus and anti-spyware protection, you can defend yourself against these dangers and surf with confidence.  And you wouldn’t have to worry about signing into an Online Social Media Scams site anymore.

Online Social Media Scams!  You have to be careful when making transactions online.

Resources: Studio One Networks . . . Norton anti virus

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