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Warning! Two-thirds of social media users are falling for this scam

Warning! Two-thirds of social media users are falling for this scam
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Phishing scams aren't just limited to your email inbox. They run rampant on social media sites too.

These scams have gotten so bad that the FBI had to get involved and found tens of thousands of victims totalling more than $931 million in losses - and that's just one type of phishing scam. Just imagine how much more has been taken once you combine all the places these scams run free.

One of the most recent and, by hackers' terms more successful, phishing campaigns is happening on Twitter. So successful in fact, it reels in two out of three users it baits.

Here's one example of what the scam looks like. Can you spot the problem areas?

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The tweet seems innocent enough at first glance, but not is all as it seems. If you click on the link, it will take you to a malicious site. That's why it's always a good idea to hover over a link and see where it points to before you ever click on anything.

Normally, with email phishing scams, you'll also want to look out for typos and bad grammar. That's not necessarily the same with Twitter. Phishing emails usually disguise themselves as if they are coming from a legitimate business, whereas on Twitter, anyone can say anything and there's no copy editor to make sure everything is spelled right.

What to look for: There aren't obvious warning signs for this scam, as the scammers get smarter every day. Instead, you'll want to make sure your computer has security software installed.

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Source: The Register
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