Top Phishing Scams on Social Media

For older people just getting into technology, the “imposter customer care” scam seems to be the most prevalent. So many have casually remarked to me how the “nice man on the phone fixed all their computer problems.” The worst thing is that they actually paid for the service, a double pay day for the scammers.

Phishing attempts on social media have more than doubled over the past year as scammers find new ways to trick people into providing personal and financial information.

During the first quarter of 2016, ploys to glean log-in credentials, credit card and other ID-worthy information soared 150 percent over the same period in 2015, according to Proofpoint, which provides social media security services to leading companies and nearly 225 million of their individual followers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest.

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