Social Media Fraud

Examples of Social Media include but are not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Dating networks etc.

When posting to social media sites, be aware that some of your information may be public, depending on your privacy settings. Be aware of the websites that ask to access your social media profiles. For your security, periodically update your profile privacy settings. 

With the increased global use of social media, there are more opportunities to steal identities or perpetrate fraud online.

Be aware that posting personal information as status updates can be used in the following manner:

  • Posts about going out of town may leave your house susceptible to robbery.
  • Pictures and videos of your house, car, and other personal possessions may allow others to gain identifying information that could be used to impersonate you online or the phone. 
  • Phishing attempts using information posted online can be used to gain trust in order to obtain non-public information.