Using Facebook is one way many of us stay connected to our friends and family. While most of us use Facebook without ever having a problem, being aware of what to look out for can protect you from identity theft scams.
One website that continually educates consumers about the different Facebook scams is Trend Micro which states that Facebook hackers use quite a few different tactics to try to steal your information. For more details on how Facebook scammers can steal your information go to http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/the-geography-of-social-media-threats-infographic/
Following are some tips you can use to help keep your identity safe, while socializing with your friends and family on Facebook.
Be wary of who you network with
- Never befriend people you do not know; because once an identity thief has access to your page, they officially have permission to post to your wall.
Be careful what you click
- Do not randomly click on links your friends post to your page; such as a video or advertisement.
Don’t fall for false promises
- Avoid clicking on links that promise to pay you for doing surveys, because according to TrendMicro, hackers can gain access to your Facebook passwords once you enter a malicious website.
Never believe Free offers
- Steer clear of clicking on links offering free tickets, prizes, or the promise to pay you.
Go back if you click once
- You should never continue to follow a link or comply with the instructions given to you by these sites; because identity theft scammers use malicious URL’s that are designed to track your every move.
Use your best judgment
- Always be sketptical and never click on promotions for Starbucks or the luxury brand Coach; because these fake links are designed to bring you to another page which can lead to survey scam pages that aim to steal your identity and your information.
When it comes to protecting your identity using a social media network such as Facebook, it is important that users exercise extreme caution. Identity theft is a risk we take every time we use the internet. While there are legitimate sites and promotions out there, knowing what to watch out for is our best protection against identity theft.
Unfortunately, identity theft can happen at any time, so continue to educate yourself, your kids and your friends any time you hear about an identity theft scam taking place. Sadly identity thieves operate out of the country; so our only defense is awareness. As a Santa Ana resident, if you have been a victim of identity theft using the internet, contact the Santa Ana Police Department’s Economic Crime’s Unit http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/pd/economiccrimes.asp
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