Social networks are very popular among users of different age categories. On these resources, you can maintain active contact with distant relatives and friends, make new acquaintances, listen to music, watch exciting video stories, read news, etc.
In social networks you can find a lot of interesting things, but there is also a brutal deception by scammers who use popular resources for their own purposes.
In our article we will talk about the most common methods of fraud in social networks.
Scammers often choose a win-win option for enrichment, to which charity can safely be attributed. It so happened that our fellow citizens are very sensitive to the grief of others and at the sight of a baby in need of urgent treatment abroad, they immediately make money transfers to the specified account.
These good deeds were appreciated by dishonest users who want to get a good income by fraud.
Today, there are indeed charity foundations on the Internet that collect help for sick and needy people. However, all these organizations have official websites and a license to provide this activity.
Photographs and advertising texts calling for help in social networks are almost always laid out by scammers who copy information from real sources, but change the bank account details or the e-wallet number.
If you really want to participate in charity and help people in trouble, before making a money transfer to the specified details, correctly recheck the information, make sure of the authenticity of the declared documents.
Better yet, send your help to proven funds, such as Give Life, etc., where responsible specialists work, transferring all the money received to the accounts of people who really need financial assistance.
And to avoid fraud on the Internet, study the thematic article "Fake charitable foundations: an interactive disworker."
Very often fraudsters come up with attractive jokes in social networks with a mandatory valuable prize to the winner. For example, a fairly common gift, which is often conducted by young people - the latest iPhone model. The scheme is simple: put a repost and you're already a party to the game!
Nothing complicated, why not take a chance? And then in a personal message arrives, announcing the victory, but to pick up the prize provided, you need to make a small amount to send a gift. As a rule, the transfer amount is much lower than the real value of the proposed lot, so many users decide to pay the required amount.
As a result, the naive user is left without a gift and money, and tricky scammers count the next income. Experts estimate that from one such game scammers on the Internet are able to earn up to one and a half million rubles!
In social networks there are still fair contests in groups for which the creators of the thematic community are ready to present a real prize. As a rule, honest gifts are sent free of charge, at the expense of the organizer.
In some cases, payment of the shipment is provided only after receiving the prize, which already excludes deception. In general, attentiveness and prudence never hurts!
We also recommend reading the article "Earnings on clicks and fraudsters."
A fairly common way of fraud in social networks is based on a request from your friend to lend money. In lichku comes SMS, where a good friend asks to make an urgent transfer of money to a phone number or bank card.
Naturally, there may be a certain background, after reading which, you have no doubt that help is really necessary. You send money, and the next day you will find out that your friend's account has been hacked.
The situation is unpleasant, demanding money from a person who himself has suffered from the illegal actions of fraudsters is not humane, but what to do? Everyone decides for himself, but it is better to eliminate such a situation, not allowing the possibility to send money to unauthorized persons.
To check the veracity of the information received with a request for help, it is enough to call your friend and clarify whether he really needs financial support. If there is no possibility to contact by phone, ask in the SMS any question that only your friend will be able to answer for sure. Such measures will avoid fraudsters in the network.
It is very important to warn your friends about such a method of fraud, because one day dishonest hackers can hack your page!
In social networks often I create a group "I give a gift" where each participant can put up a certain thing, which he is ready to give free of charge to any user who wants to get the proposed lot.
These could be toys, clothes, sports equipment, cosmetics, books, and more. There are many participants in such groups, exchanges are often made, and there is nothing bad about it, but there is one thing!
We recommend to treat with suspicion messages of this format: "I will give free of charge a new iPhone, because by luck, today I was presented with a second one, the same one! I will send to the needy for repost. Tomorrow I will choose the name of the lucky one! "
in the network to the first comer. You can give a dear gadget to a close friend, acquaintance or a distant relative, not a member of an exchange group who wants to get a valuable prize for thanks.
This thought is fully justified, but as statistics show, most users lose their sanity at such a moment and immediately start fighting for the proposed lot. Further, the scheme is activated identical to the gifts - transfer money for sending and ayfonash!
There are a lot of social networks not only single scammers, but also whole groups creating communities of this subject in order to find new victims who are ready to transfer money for "free cheese in a mousetrap" (scam sites, how to identify them?). Many even offer to transfer money for a lot through another user, allegedly acting as a guarantor.
After, he will definitely apologize and say that the account that offered the valuable prize for free turned out to be a cheat. But this will not save you from financial losses, which could have been avoided if your common sense worked in time at the sight of a free gift.
Scam groups can be easily calculated based on the following factors:
For any suspicion, it’s better to give up the dream and always remember that for free you can get such things only by the happiest coincidence and this is unlikely to happen on the Internet.
Do not trust in social networks like ads. Do not send money to strangers, being unsure of the veracity of their promises. Scammers on the Internet use a variety of schemes to deceive, so be always careful and do not fall for their tricks, even if there is a very valuable prize at stake.
Also read: "The job that scammers offer on the network."
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