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We all are enjoying the combination of fantasy and reality that social network has brought to the world. Families are connecting, relationships are being built, people are doing business easier than before, and connections never imagined before are being made. But it is a natural phenomenon that anything capable of being used for good can also be used for evil. Recently, internet scammers or fraudsters have evolved into a higher sophistication and this calls for regular internet users to be aware of these threats. That is the reason why I have brought you this article.
Internet scamming is not new, but the metamorphosis from one form to another makes it an issue everyone has to be up to date about. With statistics showing that 1 out of every human being on earth uses a social network site; the possibility of you getting scammed on the internet is ever getting higher. Personally, I receive nothing less than 4 scam messages each day on my yahoo mail box from different websites especially, nbf and tagged. If not for my knowledge of how these scammers have evolved, I might have been scammed. You may think you're smart enough, but don’t be deceived, they’re better than you think.
A new report released yesterday 12th of May, 2011 by Microsoft, says that social networking sites like face book, twitter and my space are becoming of greater targets by cyber crooks and online scammers. Analysis from 600 million computer systems all over the world shows that 84.5 percent of online scam is committed… on social networking sites. It’s time to be aware and save guard your status on line. The following are ten things you must know about those crooks now, before they do any damage to your personality or pocket.
1. No photographs - every single scam mails I’ve received on my in box from social networking sites are from people who don't have any photographs on their profiles. Most times, they tell you in the mail they’ll send their photograph if you send a reply. It’s scam. One of them sent me a mail with a photograph sometime ago; I later found that same photograph on a modeling website and on Google images. So beware of the faceless people.
2. At a camp in Senegal - every single scam mail I have received always make the same statements. 'I am a refugee running away from the war in Sudan, Liberia and Sierra Leone and I’m living in a refugee camp in Senegal. My father or parents were very rich people but are dead, killed by rebels and they have some million dollars. But I can't get it without a bank account, send me your account details…’ on and on and on, it's all lies, don't fall for it.
3. viral links - sometimes, scammers send you a mail on your social network account providing a link to their website where you can buy something very cheaply, or get it free, be careful. When you click such links, a virus is automatically introduced to your mail box and that way they can collect all your vital information including, passwords and banking details.
4. fake threats - you could receive a message threatening you that you mail box or face book account will be closed in 2 or 3 days for some funny reasons. And to avoid such closing you should click the link provided. Such threats are usually not realistic. If you receive such a threat, the best thing is to delete the message immediately. Don’t ever click on any links provided. it is dangerous.
5. asking for money - many people make the mistake of thinking that the only way anyone can be a scammer is to ask for money. This is not always true . Your data and information protected by your password is all they need to have access to and your friend’s list and the damage is done.
6. Identity theft - before you fill out bio data forms on a social networking site, make sure you check if it is genuine. Providing your photograph, names and other personal information to a strange website leaves you in the mercy of scammers who want to use your data for identity theft.
7. Pornography - never click on any message in your face book or other social network sites that promotes pornography. This method is gradually becoming a trend, and many people are falling victim to it. When you provide your bio in such websites, you're directed to a scare ware instead of pornography. A scare ware is a program that pretends to be an anti-virus but really it's a virus meant to collect your secret information.
8. abnormal webpages - at anytime, in case you click a link on your social networking site and you end up in a site that doesn't look realistic to you, or a site you think you can never trust, or a site that promises free stuffs. Just move out of the site immediate, never click on anything.
9. photo uploads - most people just don't care. They take a picture anywhere and upload them on the pages of their social networking sites; this is not a safe thing to do anymore. Scammers are using these pictures to study the lifestyles of people making it easier to track them off line. People have been kidnapped and ransoms demanded through this means. Parents should avoid uploading the pictures of their children in an environment where anyone can have a physical copy of it at anytime, like on a social network site.
10. you're a winner. It is common now for people to receive messages in their face book in box informing them that they’ve won a price in an ongoing competition. This is usually a scam message. If you receive such message don’t take any actions. Verify first the authenticity of the source of the message by searching for a website connected to such projects through Google search engine.
So you have it. They’re there watching you to make the next silly move but, you sure have them locked out this time because you're informed. We’ll like to hear your comment about this issue. Have a scam free day.