Be careful of the “good deals” you can find on social media marketplaces. Individuals are falling for Facebook ad scams.
Who Is It Targeting: Social Media users
What Is It: Phishing emails that offer items for low prices
What Are They After: One woman learned the hard way that Facebook ads for incredible deals are easy to fake. After she found a massage chair for a very low price, she was redirected to a different web page where she inputted her personal details and credit card information. Fortunately, her bank reached out to her shortly after: her credit card information had been used in another country to make a purchase worth several thousand dollars. When she confirmed that she had not made that purchase, the transactions were canceled.
How Can You Avoid It:
- Make sure all of your online shopping is only with reputable retailers.
- Monitor all of your accounts very careful to watch for fraud.
- Of course, always be mindful of the information you put out about yourself on social media.
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from CBS12.com.
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