Look out for spam across social media

Beware of getting spam on social media

Today, I want to talk about something that has been buzzing around in the digital world and affecting our beloved social media platforms – yep, you guessed it, spam!

We all love using social media to connect with friends, stay updated on trends, and promote our businesses. But lately, there has been an influx of spam that’s trying to worm its way into our feeds and messages. It is time to be cautious and arm ourselves with some solid know-how.

Whether you are running a business account or just hanging out on your personal one, you have probably noticed some strange comments or messages popping up. Here’s the scoop: those accounts, some posing as “Meta” or other well-known names? Yeah, they are most likely not the real deal. Cyber tricksters are dressing up as trusted entities to grab your account. They are shooting out messages, commenting on your posts, and even pretending to be your friends’ account if your friend accidently clicked a link. Sneaky right?

spam message in facebook messenger
This is an example of a spam message in Facebook messenger. The account is a fake account.

So, what is their endgame? Those enticing links they are sending can lead to malware, phishing sites, or worse – identity theft! But hold up, don’t stress – I’ve got your back. First off, don’t give in to the temptation of clicking on suspicious links. If something seems off, it’s probably best to steer clear. Trust your instincts and don’t engage with those messages or comments. When you come across an account that raises your suspicions, report it or better yet block the account! Social media platforms have reporting systems in place for a reason. When you report these accounts, you are creating a safer community online.

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital communication, the reach of spam extends beyond just social media. Recently we have also been seeing spam hit our email inboxes. These unsolicited and deceptive messages can look genuine and even bear the logo and branding of a certain company. It is easy to be deceived but there are a few ways to tell the real from the fake. These may include scrutinizing the sender’s email address, looking for grammatical error or inconsistencies in the message, and being cautious of unsolicited requests for personal information and/or financial transactions. Remember the golden rule: never click on links from suspicious messages, including email.

spam email example from Facebook
This is an example of a spam email. If you get an email like this and did not request a password change, go to the site and change it through the secure site, not through the email.

Maintaining strong online security is a top priority in today’s digital age. One crucial step to protect your accounts is regularly changing your passwords. By doing so, you can minimize the risk of unauthorized access and ensure your data remains secure.

That is one thing we do for our clients, at ADIM Media, is stay vigilant and monitor their social media platforms for spam comments and messages. When we identify one, we make sure to report it right away and block the account. Stay alert if something seems suspicious and don’t be shy to report it!

Stay safe out there and happy scrolling!

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