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Recognizing social media scam posts



Greene County, Arkansas – A popular social media fraud starts with a single topic in the post. The message changes completely once it is shared, usually with a link asking for money or personal information from users.

According to Greene County Sheriff Brad Snyder, scam posters frequently aim to draw attention by claiming that an animal or person is missing and urging social media users to share the message.

Sometimes the post can become viral on Facebook, sharing hundreds of times and making its way through numerous groups before someone immediately realizes it’s a scam.

According to Snyder, a lot of scam posts start in online yard sales and flea market forums on Facebook.

“What they [scammers] are trying to do is get these shares and likes, and they will go through these Facebook profiles and see who they can infiltrate,” Snyder said.

Snyder advised calling the law enforcement organization that corresponds with a suspicious post about a missing person or animal or visiting the page on professional social media if you come across one.
Scam links can lead to a number of negative consequences when clicked.

“It could be a virus that infiltrates your device,” Snyder said. “It could be that they are going to engage in conversation with you, or pretend to be a law enforcement officer.”

Snyder advised you to confirm by taking a close look at the individual who made the alleged hoax post. It’s probably a scam post if someone posts something in a local Facebook group and they are not from that state or nation.

Snyder said that it’s best to just keep scrolling if you’re unsure.

Scams have the potential to quickly spiral out of control, depriving social network users of substantial sums of money.

“People work all their lives to build a nest egg and live well in retirement, and it’s gone in 25 seconds.

Report any scams you think you may have fallen for right away to your local police authorities. In order to freeze your credit, you should also get in touch with the credit bureaus if your information has been taken.



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