Social media hacking scams

Include some sort of "ask” and is the biggest red flag to look out for.

 

If someone (even a friend or family member) has asked you to do something, then this could lead you to becoming hacked and put your friends and family at risk of falling victim to the same scam.

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Fake Influencer voting:

Sent via social media message from a hacked friend or family member to fool social media users into clicking on a malicious link to vote for them to be a top influencer through a fake competition. This will lock you out of your account.

Phishing message or email:

 

scams might urge you to use a fake login link to appeal against a terms of service strike on your account. Other emails claim suspicious activity that they’ll ask you to log in and verify. Some victims have been scammed, by sharing their 2-Step Verifications codes, which is like handing over the house keys to their account.

Giveaways:

 

Ask that you give personal information, make a payment, or log into a site in exchange for a prize. This will leave you hacked and unable to access your account.

​Support:

This could be any request of help or support with your social media account or from a friend/family member (who will have also been hacked). Never share login credentials or authentication codes. This is like giving over the keys to your account.

Bitcoin Investment:

If hacked asked to pay a Ransom and/or film hostage-style video promoting fraudulent cryptocurrency get-rich-quick schemes, as hackers from around the world hijack and hold social media accounts for ransom. This will not get your account back but will allow the hackers to scam people into buying Bitcoin on their behalf. 

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View this fantastic article and video from ITV's 'This Morning' who cover these scams in more detail.