More Social Scamming
More Social Scamming continues to increase and cause more and more damage to both individuals and businesses. We continue to see increases in scams involving both individual and business social media platforms. In the last two weeks we have fielded calls from several businesses that have either had their Facebook pages hacked, or had scammers duplicate social media pages to either post false information or attempt to scam users out of money or personal information.
We understand business is done via social platforms, but we have to be responsible both as businesses and consumers that we understand what we are seeing is in fact the truth.
For instance, if you are a business and are selling anything online or accept payment you should have those channels clearly defined on your business web site so that consumers understand how they can purchase goods and services from you as well as understand this is a safe avenue to make those purchases.
If you are a business and are going to run some type of contest to give away products or services be very clear that you are running this type of contest to include adding a notice on your website. There are tons and tons of these type scams on social channels.
Another very important point is that if you are going to have social pages associated with your business you must have a very strict password policy on those channels. The passwords should be different for each social platform and they should be changed at a normal interval. Preferably every 3 months. Occasionally check by searching for Facebook pages that maybe similar to yours so that if someone is scamming your page you can report them to Facebook with this link.
As a consumer, if you see a social post from a business or a celebrity asking for money you can almost always assume these are scams. If it is a celebrity, they should have a blue check mark beside their name.
Most important if you are a consumer and are making a purchase online always check the top left corner of the web browser you are working on to see a green check mark, lock, or shield to show you are on a secured site. Also, if you click on the lock or shield it should show you the sites certificate and if it is secure or not.
Always assume what you are reading or doing is not safe, do your due diligence, and then take action to make sure purchase or enter your information.
Finally, if you think a business has been hacked call them or contact us and we will be glad to help!