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.

By Kristin Burnham, CIO |  Security, Facebook, facebook scams

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are breeding grounds for phishing, clickjacking and social engineering attacks, which, security experts say, are on the rise.

"These criminals are paid to gather email addresses and [to generate] online advertising clickthroughs," says Dhugael McLean, chief security scientist at Support.com. "Social media scams are getting more and more advanced in how they try to trick you," he says.

Here's a look at how you can spot a social media scam, plus tips for what to do if you fall victim.

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