2. Look before your jump.
There are A LOT of fake scammer fanpages and twitter accounts. For twitter i NEVER click on random messages that send me links, NEVER. A lot of times you will get a private message with a link to a freebie, sale, contest or something related to freebies. Once you click it, it will hack your account and send the same email to the people on your friend list. So dont click on links sent to your messages on twitter.
For facebook its easier, at least for me it is. A lot of the scam pages look cheaply made and give out a full size product. I have seen pages giving away cars, rolex watches, video game systems and you SHOULD know that if it seems too good to be true than chances are its NOT REAL.
There are a few things to look for when trying to spot a scam page.
1. You can look at their page to see if they are verified to be legit by facebook. Looks for the check mark in a circle like this one here
That is one of the first things you look for to see if the page is legit.
2. Look at the quality of the page and information. Its simple, they are looking to scam people so they are not gonna waste time making a new facebook cover photo or have much info. It will look cheaply made and the company info section will be empty or not have any info. If a company is giving away a freebie and they dont have company info then its a scam page. If they dont have contact phone number, link to company, link to purchase their products or a good company bio.. its a scam page. Look at the company info section for all those things.
3. What are they giving away.A lot of times they will give away something full size or good. Something that will make people jump before they look. If you can fill out the form without liking the page that is also a bad sign. If the freebie tab is cheaply made that is also a bad sign. Think about the freebies and if its too good to be true than it is or if they have no limits then its another bad sign. Dont fall for awesome freebies that you know its too good to be real.
4. Chances are you get scammed. Even i still get scammed as they are getting better at hiding it. Things to know is that there are different types of scammers. Some are more worst than others but you need to be aware of them all.
Facebook page scammer - Some facebook page scammers just want tons of likes. They will give out an awesome free and tell you to share with your friends, share to enter, tag to win or its an awesome freebie and you share it. They want TONS of likes on the page and after a year or two they have hundreds of thousands of followers on that page and then they sell the page for tons of money. If some random new page shows up in your feed that YOU KNOW you never followed, it was a scammer page before and you should unfollow them ASAP.
Information sellers - These scammer harvest peoples informations. Emails, addresses, phone numbers and more. Then to go and sell those items for lots of money. After that then you recieve tons of junk mail in your house, tons of spam emails to your emails or crap phone calls non-stop. One of the reasons you DONT use your real info, emails or phone numbers.
Hacker scammers - These scammers get your emails and even your phone numbers if you use a real one and try to get your money. They will send you emails saying stuff like.. failed delivery, download this or that. That is to get you to download somethng that will give u a virus and they can hack your computer. They will send emails that are freebie related and make you think its a link to freebies and other sneaky stuff. Through the phone, they can call and say they are the IRS or another department and ask for payment or personal info.
AD scammers - These types of scammers hack your facebook account , twitter or email accounts and then send messages to the people on your contact lists. They can send your contacts ads to sites, links to websites, sexual content and more crap.
~JUST BE SAFE AND TAKE YOUR TIME WHEN ENTERING YOUR INFORMATION ON WEBSITE YOU DONT KNOW~
3. APP permissions.
Be careful what sites you give permission to. When a website askes for permissions take a second to read what they will do. Some apps can hack your accounts and take them over. Always look to make sure if the permissions you give them wont harm you in any way. I also recommend you go into your accounts like twitter and facebook and remove permissions at least once a month or every other month. Dont leave apps with permissions to your accounts forever, do some cleaning once in a while.
4. Clean up time.
Its always good to clean your computers history and give it what a call a clean up. I do it once a month or every other month. Using a cleaner program and antivirus once a month or every other months make sure there is nothing attached to you computer that can cause harm or be tracking you. I recommend Advanced system care to give your computer a tune up/clean up and a free virus scan program like AVAST OR AVG. These programs are for windows but you can look through CNET for good free programs for your mac as well.
5. Already hacked?
If you feel your computer is hacked or has a virus i would recommend you downloading a powerful program like norton. They tend to give you a free month and you can download and scan your computer with a powerful program for free.
If your facebook or twitter are hacked follow these steps.
1. Go in your account and find the apps sections or permissions sections. Delete any app that has permissions to your account. If you dont know which one is the bad one delete them all. Once you removed the app permissions from your account then run a clean up on your computer. Clean the trackers, cookies, history..clean it up and run a virus scan. Once you have done that go to your account and change your password.. that should help.
What YOU need to do to stay safer?
1. Your real information.
For most reasons i would NEVER recommend you use all your real information when signing up for freebies. By that i mean.. do not use your real phone number, credit cards, main email address or full name. To be safe use mostly fake info. I only use my first real name for freebies and of course my address. I use freebie emails, fake phone numbers and use prepaid cards instead of credit cards. The only time i MIGHT use my real info is if i am entering a giveaway, sweepstake or contest where the prize is of high value and i know the company is 100% legit. If you win you cant claim your prize with a fake name and info.
2. Sites to get you started.