Social media sites are the most favorite channel of scammers to earn money from. Social media scammers are quite vigorous and vigilant in their work, and this is what makes ransomware recovery very difficult on the victim’s end.
While there are various online cybersecurity services available to help you against such scammers on social media and help you in the process of ransomware removal afterward, we will provide you with some ideas to keep in mind to avoid such scams yourselves as well.
Beware of The Events and Movies Live Streamers
There is a lot of fake live streaming offers made by scammers for free in an attempt to spread malware. Once you click on the link to stream the desired event or movie, these scammers either directly send viruses or ask you for your personal information. The information they usually demand is related to your bank account, and once you share it, your money is transferred to some anonymous account. Once you are trapped, these scammers either disappear, leaving you in trouble or ask you for some monetary return to assist you with ransomware recovery.
Do Not Connect with Anonymous Users
What people choose to reveal about themselves on social media is not always true. Your Facebook friend, who claims to be a lawyer, might be a scammer. Criminals usually use pictures of good-looking women and add men, or vice versa, to scam them on social media. These scammers can go as far as looting money from you or simply getting to know a lot of personal details about you in the form of friendship. Mostly, they send a bulk of infelicitous data to your account or even to your friends through you and ask you for money.
Do Not Share Too Much About Yourself On Your Accounts
While your workplace and school is something that can be publicly displayed through your profile, not every minute detail needs to be shared. The providers of cybersecurity services worldwide have reported several cases where oversharing personal lives becomes troublesome for social media users afterward.
Posting too much about where you live and what restaurant or event you will go to next weekend opens a gateway to scammers. They can easily trace you through your oversharing habit and can perhaps share such malware, which will make ransomware recovery difficult in some cases.
Pay Special Consideration to Your Account’s Security
Most social media accounts that attract scammers are those with either fewer privacy settings activated or none at all. Accounts with weak passwords, more public posts, no code generator activated, open sharing options for everyone, or no suspicious login alerts on are effortless to send malware to. Therefore, try to regularly check your account for privacy settings to avoid being scammed through social media.
Conclusively, it can be said that it is better to stay careful towards such scammers and report them to cybersecurity services as soon as you come across one.