Scammers Move to Social Media

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No matter how safe you are when internet surfing, scams are likely to find you.

News 13s Justin Roth spoke with the better business bureau and the latest moves con artist use to take your money.

With scammers getting smarter and smarter each day. We must get smarter in the ways we use social media and giving out our personal information.

Scams target everybody, everywhere. Either by the phone, your email, and now through social media.

Shelley Polansky is the VP Communication for BBB she says, "People are experiencing either messages from their so called friends on Facebook or their receiving messages on the Facebook feed about free government grants."

However when you respond or click you get passed off to a scammer attempting to steal your identity.

Jonathon Couter for Account Manager Medicine Bow Technologies a business that specializes in cyber security. He says, "A lot of the things were seeing always seem to begin with a fishing email and what a fishing email is, is when someone tries to gain information for someone by clicking on a link click on a free offer and what happens they click on the link and from there a pieces of malicious software is installed on the computer and there able to gain access to a lot of information.

Polansky adds, "There being asked to pay an up front fee or usually they tell its for a processing of the free government grant."

These different scamming attempts mean businesses must prepare.

Couter job is "To empower the employee to know when people are trying to scam them and to also encourage them to improve there security in their organization."

This means changing passwords often. You should never have to pay a fee for a free grant and should be an automatic red flag. This happens when one of your Facebook friends profiles has been hacked itself."One of your actually true friends profile has been compromised and scam artist have place a profile picture of your legitimate friends to create an additional profile and so although you think it is your friend communicating with you because you see their picture usually it is a hijacked account" says Polansky.

Some general tips; The government does not communicate through the phone, email, or social media and will only contact you through the mail, and never pay money for something your being told is free.

If you encounter what you believe is a fake account on Facebook you should report it through Facebook the BBB say Facebook is very good about taking down fake accounts.

If your are experiencing something you feel may be a scam you can check the Better Business Bureau's scam tracker to be safe.



 
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