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Beware: Facebook friend request scam

Beware: Facebook friend request scam
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It's so easy to get lured into online friendships. Especially this time of year, when people are friendlier than usual and reaching out to old acquaintances like you, you often accept friend requests without giving it much thought.

That's nice, when it's a person you know and trust. But, too often, your so-called online friends are really just scammers trying to steal your identity.

If you think back to when you first signed up for social media sites like Facebook, you probably put in information about yourself that seemed safe. Your birthday and home town seem innocent enough. Plus, a little information about your job or, if you're in the military, where you're stationed.

But all that information is useful to scammers trying to steal your ID. The Better Business Bureau asks social media users to report Facebook scams and other social media scams to them. But there's more you can do to protect yourself from having your ID stolen.

Next page: 3 steps to protect your ID
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