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Beware of social networking profile takeovers

2nd August 2010

People are being told they should be just as cautious when using social networking websites as they are when using their email accounts.

While many people are now getting savvy about restricting who can see their profiles by making them ‘private’ and only making friends with people they know, it is easy for fraudsters to take over a person’s profile and attempt to scam money out of those people a user is friends with.

Bogus messages on Facebook and Twitter

It has also been found that fraudsters are increasingly using websites such as Facebook and Twitter to spread malware, which can lead to log-in details being revealed and bogus messages being distributed to a person’s social networking friends.

Read more about social networking safety concerns on Experian’s QAS website.

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To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

See also:
Online fraud
Identity fraud and identity theft