5 Types Of Social Networking Scam – #4 Identity Theft

Not only do social networking scammers fake identities, they steal identities too!

The typical user of social networking sites would appear, to my mind at least, to be rather cavalier about their online security.

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Personal Information

For instance, many profile pages are crammed full of personally identifying information.

This includes real names, dates of birth, locations, phone numbers, relative’s details and email addresses.

In other words, everything an identity thief needs to steal their proverbial soul.

Additionally, such information can be used to fuel phishing attempts in order to acquire more information.

Avoid This Scam

The most effective way to limit the chances of identity theft being committed against you is to limit the amount of information you give away on your profile page.

Phishing attempts can be avoided by not clicking on unknown links and by not giving sign-in information out via email.

This is just one of five posts in a series on social networking scams.

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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