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7 Tips to Avoid Scams on Facebook

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					The existence of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter can
help us keep track of your friends who have not seen or track down
distant relatives. However, networking sites can be used as a tool to
commit fraud.

ID fraud is a major issue in the social networking world. You can fall
victim. Maybe there is someone out there that claim to be friends. Maybe
have a friend who claims to be someone else. Or maybe even someone
claiming to be yourself.

Falsified ID (account) on social networking sites is not too difficult.
However, the potential damage they cause can be dangerous. Here are some
simple tips you can apply actions to avoid fraudulent (scam) on social
networking sites:

A. Set your privacy settings, so the information you post can only be
seen by people who are entitled to see it. Keep in mind that the area of
social networking site that is personal and the public is different.

2. Do not carelessly click on any link that appears or that you receive.
Beware of the shortened link (URL shortened) and remove or ignore any
things that you can not identify.

3. Never transfer money or arrange any type of financial transaction
through social networking. If a friend asks for help, contact the first
person on the phone before you act.

4. Applications such as quizzes, games, or free applications are not
always safe. If you are asked to provide personal information in order to
win prizes, such as phone number or date of birth, ignore the message and
immediately close the application.

5. Change your password regularly, and make sure you use different
passwords for social networking services with which you use for online
banking.

6. Do not respond to pop-up message that invites you to meet new friends
or tell you to do the unusual behavior.

7. If you are a victim of abuse or online fraud (scam), save the evidence
and other relevant information. You probably will need it if you want to
report to authorities.

				
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