We shouldn’t be surprised at how low fraudsters will go to catch us out, however the latest social media scam about “My 10-year-old sister went missing Tuesday afternoon” is a new low.
The link provided isn’t to photos but to a malicious site. There are some variations out there of the same scam, some of the sites are looking to trick you into handing over personal information while others are even more malicious and will install malware to your device.
According to Risk IQ’s 2018 Q4 phishing report there was a 100% increase in social media phishing campaigns over the previous year.
NEVER CLICK ON THE LINK IN A MESSAGE UNLESS YOU 1000% SURE OF THE SENDER
Tips and Advice
- How’s the grammar/spelling? – Fraudsters’ messages are certainly showing signs of better grammar but a lot of them are still quite poor, in this example the spelling of immediately is a clue
- Instagram never ask for – credentials, the only place social networks ask for them is in secure login pages
- What to do if you have already clicked – If you handed over any personal or financial details see below
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Report it – If you receive a fake Facebook post report it using this link
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use theironline fraud reporting tool
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