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Tech scam: Predatory social media

Social media have become essential for communication, interactive dialog, and exchange of information, for personal and professional use. Sites such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter are convenient, accessible, and used by millions. That makes them perfect vehicles for online scams.

For example, you get a LinkedIn Notification from a “colleague”:

linkedIn Scam

 

Email and web scam artists entice members of the UW-Madison community to turn over online credentials: NetID, password, Social Security, and credit card information. This example is part of a series on the latest and best scams in circulation. Contact the Office of Campus Information Security via <a href=”>Email and web scam artists entice members of the UW-Madison community to turn over online credentials: NetID, password, Social Security, and credit card information. This example is part of a series on the latest and best scams in circulation. Contact the Office of Campus Information Security via abuse@wisc.edu, if you think your account has been compromised, or you have inadvertently shared credentials with a fake source.

But rolling your cursor over any of the links reveals that you’re about to connect with “Sexy-Nicole.” And that’s not healthy for your career prospects or your online security.

Online criminals are spoofing social media sites to pursue their fraudulent schemes. Learn more about phishing and email scams.