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Social Media Scams

What parents need to know about social media scams.


It’s a sad fact of life that where technology leads, crime usually follows. The printing press was eventually perverted to produce counterfeit money. The first car theft took place only three years after the vehicle’s invention. It was perhaps inevitable, then, that social media – as the overwhelming fascination of the digital age – would soon become a conduit for criminal activity.


The risks usually associated with social media are personal in nature: abusive comments, distorted perceptions; cyber-bullying and so on. Increasingly, however, criminals are using networking platforms to snare potential victims. Today’s #WakeUpWednesday guide examines social media scams – outlining some common examples and providing ways to avoid them.