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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Hover Over Hyperlinks


Hyperlinks can look like they're taking you one place, but redirect you to another unless you verify the destination, McLean says.

If you encounter a link to a video posted on Facebook or receive a message with hyperlinked text, mouse over it to view the real URL, which will appear at the bottom of your browser.

Shortened URLs, which are most commonly found on Twitter, aren't as easy to discern. For these, try using a URL expander, such as before you click.

Spammers Abuse .gov URL Shortener Service

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