Spotting and Preventing Scamming on Social Media

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Scamming occurs on a daily basis and despite how well we attempt to protect ourselves, there’s no denying that scamming attempts have become incredibly sophisticated throughout the years, often tricking us in ways we didn’t think would be possible.  

Scamming in general often appears in areas of our lives where we spend a lot of our time. Social media in particular can play host to a variety of scams that can appear in many different forms, often targeting a broad audience or specific individuals with the intention to manipulate or swindle us out of money. Data from the Federal Trade Commission showed that ‘more than 95,000 people reported about $770 million in losses to fraud initiated on social media platforms in 2021’

How Do People Get Scammed on Social Media?

When we are sat scrolling through our news feeds, scams can appear at any given time, from ads that we see to direct messages being received. Unfortunately, they can often appear so legitimate that it can be difficult to determine what is real and what isn’t. Despite this, there are a number of ways that social media scams can manifest: (Click on icons to read more).

How to Avoid Being Scammed on Social Media

A huge part of protecting ourselves online is to be highly critical of what we interact with. Disbelieving something and taking the time to critically think about what is in front of us could be all it takes to protect ourselves from a potential scam. Trust your gut and never feel pressured into acting on something quickly or without thought. Here are some potential red flags when it comes to social media scams.

What To Do If You’ve Been Scammed on Social Media

Whether it’s yourself or a child in your care, it’s important to reassure the message that you have not done anything wrong. Anyone can fall victim to a scam so never feel as though you are alone. Try and stay calm and see if the situation can be resolved. If you realise that information or money has been compromised, remember to: (Click on icons for more information)

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