The 12 Scams of Christmas #2: Social Media Scams

The 12 Scams of Christmas #2: Social Media Scams

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The cyber criminals know that social media is a good place to catch you off guard, because it's very easy to pose as "friends". The cyber criminals know that social media is a good place to catch you off guard, because it's very easy to pose as "friends".

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Billions of people are on social media, and that includes scammers. It has become a favorite new tool for holiday rip-offs.

Scam Number 2: Social Media Scams

Staying connected has never been easier thanks to the evolving world of social media. From Facebook to Twitter to Instagram and beyond, social media has become a part of our everyday lives. It gives the masses a glimpse into our lives even at the furthest distance, and scammers are taking note.

The cyber criminals know that this is a good place to catch you off guard, because it's very easy to pose as "friends".

Scammers really step up things during the holidays when they know we might not be paying as close attention.

Software Security giant McAfee recommends these tips:

  • Be careful when liking fan pages. some maybe filled with corrupt links and once you start clicking, they'll infect your device.
  • Watch for fake "holiday deals" from friends. There is a good chance they've been hacked.    
  • Be wary of apps geared toward the holidays that may give away your private data.
  • Look out for Twitter ads and special discounts for popular items. They tend to use shortened links that could be malicious.

Remember, criminals have gotten very savvy at creating very legitimate looking content, so even if it looks like the real deal it still may be worth a closer look.


Our 12 Scams of Christmas countdown wraps up Wednesday, Nov. 27, and we are getting you ready for Black Friday with tips on how you can tell if those huge deals are the real deal.

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