Social Network Scam: Beware!

Sometimes we operate on auto-pilot when it comes to checking email and that could hurt us. You could be trolling your inbox for new messages and maybe you’re not paying too much attention to what you are doing and all of a sudden you get a real looking email from say; Facebook, Myspace or even Craigslist that would ask you for your account data. If it looks legit you would immediately enter your info and log into their website. This could prove to be a huge mistake because generally social network sites advertise that they will not ever ask you for account data. Basically, you just entered your information into a Social Network Scam website. This could be the first step taken to steal your identity or wreak havoc with your social network pages. We are sure the majority of you have seen that happen to your friends or someone you know. You could be online one day and see your best friend advertising free cell phones on their page; 99% of the time that means that their accounts got hacked into and they are no longer in control of their pages. These scammers prey on everyone on the Internet in general, but those that fall victim to these scams are usually those that aren’t very computer savvy. They would then wonder what happened to their accounts and before you know it someone is using their pages to promote other services. Social Network Scams aren’t really garnering major headlines but they are out there and you should know about them. It would do you well to find out anything and everything that could potentially steal your personal data. If these predators got hold of you web pages then they have access to your friends’ information or could pose at you to get personal info that would harm you in the long and short run. You can protect yourself from these Social Network Scams by doing a few simple things that would help you to not be a target. For starters you should check your Social Networking profiles and remove and sensitive data such as your email contact information, full name, and contact number. Another thing you can do would be to read your email thoroughly and try not to click on any links that may send a red flag to you or your system. Keep in mind; most of these real sites will not ask for your information via email. Stay vigilant!

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