Spot so­cial media scam

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Gwyn­neth Hay­wood Gwyn­neth Hay­wood is the se­nior re­gional of­fi­cer for Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion.

Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion WA is a proud supporter of Fraud Week, which is run­ning this week and aims to help so­cial media users learn how to spot a scam.

So­cial media pro­files of­ten dis­play a lot of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion which scam­mers can use to shape their meth­ods and com­mu­ni­ca­tions to match your in­ter­ests and use of so­cial media.

Here are some tips to help tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween gen­uine pro­files or ads on so­cial media and fake ones or bogus traders:

Check the pro­file of new

friend re­quests. Look out for: Newly cre­ated pro­files with lim­ited con­tent.

Hid­den friends lists or lists full of peo­ple of a dif­fer­ent gen­der than their own.

Pro­files that read like a de­scrip­tion from a dat­ing web­site. Gram­mar and spell­ing er­rors. A pro­file you thought you were al­ready friends with — is it a cloned ac­count?

A pro­file of some­one you have never met and do not know.

Be cau­tious when shar­ing per­sonal pic­tures or videos

with some­one. Scam­mers are known to black­mail their tar­gets us­ing com­pro­mis­ing ma­te­rial.

Be care­ful who you con­nect with and learn how to use pri­vacy and se­cu­rity set­tings.

If you have been scammed on­line, take steps to se­cure your ac­count and be sure to re­port the con­duct to the plat­form.

Be scep­ti­cal if you’re asked

to send money. Trans­fer­ring funds to some­one you only know on­line could mean the money’s go­ing to­wards crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

Check re­views be­fore buy­ing

on­line. Try to find out how rep­utable a seller is by search­ing for re­views.

Check the web­site URL (for ex­am­ple, www.ex­am­ you are redi­rected to is the gen­uine web­site of the trader.

If the prod­uct doesn’t ar­rive, con­tact your bank or fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion as soon as pos­si­ble.

Visit fraud­week2017 or scam­net.wa. for more in­for­ma­tion.

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