The advent of the internet has brought in such a huge change to this world. A lot of things have been made easy because of the internet. It is also through the internet that social media channels, and platforms have been born, which are now the ones that set the craze especially among the millennials and the young people.
Every day, millions of people are logging in to a variety of social media networking sites, and this is especially true among Filipinos. While there is really nothing wrong with it, the sad part is that even the world of the internet is unsafe. In fact, this is another venue which scammers take advantage of.
Nobody wants to fall prey to these people whose intentions are to make money out of other people’s hard earned income, so it is important that we raise awareness about what these social media scams are, and how they can be avoided. Here are some of the most common scams.
1. Asking for help. What the scammers do in this type of scam is that they pretend to be struggling and desperately needing financial assistance and help. They use heartbreaking situations like a child of them who is badly sick, they have a dying family member or relative, or anything that will entice people and allow them to do their phishing and theft. While there are some stories that are really true, you have to be careful before liking and sharing these kinds of posts because it is hard to tell nowadays what’s real and what’s not.
2. Twitter freebies and prizes. This one is the type where scammers rave about an online contest where you can have a chance of winning a gadget or any costly prize. But what you get by clicking the link is scammed emails and a chance for scammers to post malicious links. What you can do is to check out the profile of the person posting the link before you even click on it.
3. Fake password request resets. We all have encountered a time when we were asked to reset our password and ended up being directed to a site that looks like a legitimate social media site. Once you enter your username and password, the scammers will now have your information and that is what you call phishing. Avoid becoming a victim by carefully checking the URL of the site asking for these information, and also check for some minor errors that could potentially become a red flag.