Study on Social Media Frauds

Study on Social Media Frauds

It’s easy to fake something on the internet; anyone can post anything they want at any time. Beyond that, Photoshop work is becoming more and more convincing while reputable news sites get harder to identify from their fake counterparts. A recent survey showed that not even kids that grew up with the internet and social media at their fingerprints can identify or stop some of these fraudulent posts. There’s several different types of fraudulent posts for which you should be on the look out.

Hacked posts

There’s several forms of computer viruses that go around social media. Most of them start with a message that appears to be coming from your friend’s profile titled something to get you to click it. For example, “Can you believe this video? How could you do something like that;” anything to get you to click. Once you’ve clicked the fake link, a virus begins to install itself on your computer and a similar message is sent from your profile to all of your friends. Another scam like this happens when someone hacks your account and post deals that don’t exist, like “amazing sunglasses sale, click here!” and when the link is clicked, that same thing happens to whoever clicked it. If there’s some deal you see advertised on social media that seems too good to be true or someone messages you about some crazy video you were potentially in, don’t click it.

Fake news

The epidemic of fake news is one of the worst ones to hit social media yet. Because anyone can make a website or blog, it’s very difficult to pick out the reliable source from the unreliable source. These sites post unbelievable and unreal news story like Michelle Obama being a transgender man that have very little support, yet make their claim with great authority. If you’re struggling to identify the fake news from the real news, stick to getting your news from the reliable networks (which can still be found online) such as NBC, Fox, CBS, CNN, etc.

Convincing images edited with Photoshop

Faked Photoshop images are getting harder and harder to identify. With easy access to Photoshop and more people using it, the quality of images they produce has greatly increased. These images are generally used to support fake news claims or cause someone to believe a person’s appearance is different than it is.

Fraudulent social media posts, news, and images can be hard to identify, but through our simple guide you should be able to stay clear of anything damaging to your profile or your name. The best rule when it comes to this sort of thing is when in doubt, don’t click.