How to spot a social media scam

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are breeding grounds for phishing, clickjacking and social engineering attacks. Here are nine tips for spotting a scam, plus advice for what to do if you fall victim.

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Be Suspicious of Everything


Whether you're using Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, McLean says you need to adopt a new mindset: be suspicious of everything and "surf the Internet defensively."

"You need to treat everything that people post with some level of suspicion," McLean says. "Because there's a lot of bad stuff on social media sites, you need to be fundamentally distrustful of what you're seeing on the screen at all times."

15 Social Media Scams

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