Social Networking has surely revolutionized the internet age and it has made our lives easier and more efficient. Most of us use social networking platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc. on a daily basis because it helps us connect to people, communicate faster, promote ideas and do many more things. However as with everything, the wonderful world of social media has a dark side. One of the problematic aspect is the potential for social media scams which affects millions of people every year. However if you aren’t aware of this issue, with some knowledge of what to look out for you will be able to protect yourselves from becoming a victim of a scam.
In the last one year India witnessed a 156% rise in social media scam and is now the second most targeted country in the whole world for cybercrime. It has been reported that 94% of these scams were spread through manual sharing of links leading to fraudulent websites. India’s increasing social media population is becoming a favoured target of scammers. Scammers are using social media and taking advantage of the trust people have in their own social circles to spread their scams, fake links and phishing. Cyber Security is improving and getting better day by day but so are the malwares and computer viruses.
Listed below are the top methods used by scammers:
These scams come in various types and it might also include some genuine information about you obtained from your social media account to intimidate you and make it sound realistic. That’s why don’t put too much personal information out there.
These are just a few of the thousands of ways one could be scammed. There are new ways created each day and scammers are getting smarter and better with time.
A few things you should keep in mind:
If you ever are a victim of a scam report it immediately since it can take time to track down a scammer or the scammer might be located at a place from where it would be difficult to get justice.
Educate other people especially those who are new to the world of social media with all that you know about cybercrime and save them from being a victim of a scam since cybercrime has become a major issue in today’s world. If we continue spreading awareness and take preventive measures we can reduce cybercrime. Together we can fight this!
Leo Manav Hirani
Member Of Leo Club Of Juhu