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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Know Key Phrases Used in Scams


While the content of social media scams is always changing, McLean says, there are some key phrases you should know.

Watch out for sentences that begin with "Did you know...?" and "Can you believe...?" These phrases, like the messages that provoke, entice you to click when you probably shouldn't.

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