Social Networking Scams
Looking for Friends in All the Online Places May Land You a Scam Instead of a Pal!
If you are active on online social networking websites, such as MySpace, FaceBook, Friendster, or via classifieds, chat rooms and forums, beware. Some reports indicate that as much as 30% of the personalities are scams. That sweet, fun, witty person in Columbia, Africa, Russia or the Far East may be looking for a relationship with your wallet or purse, not you! Here are some of the typical scams:
Even the biggest and oldest social networking websites, such as dating websites like Match.com, eHarmoney, AOL, etc., are not immune to scammers. Social Networking has changed since the advent of the internet and you have to be knowledgeable and have you guard up to separate the scammers from the real people.
Here are visitor-submitted reports of social networking scams. And here are some key points to remember about the scams.
Actual scam emails received:
What can you do to avoid being scammed on social networking websites
Scammers are present everywhere on the social networking websites. Even if you use established social networking websites, like MySpace, Facebook, Match.com, eHarmony, etc., and even the person says he or she lives in your own country, you may be scammed.
Before you invest your emotions into a long distance relationship, compare what they say against common sense.
Apply the same common sense rules of safe social networking online as you would in person.
Miscellaneous social networking scam reports from consumers / victims:
Isingles, Olusesan Ashaye, Received April 9, 2008:
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