Knowledge is power. It is, therefore, important to avoid social media scams.

According to, here are steps to avoid social media scams:

1. Set your profiles to private and restrict your social media contacts to people you know personally.

2. Be on the lookout for suspicious posts, including limited-time offers, offers that seem too good to be true, and requests for account information.

3. Be wary of individuals you meet through social media sites, especially if they promise romance.

4. Don’t respond to online solicitations for easy money.

5. Don’t overshare on social media by providing information used by your bank or other companies to verify your identity.

6. Don’t fill out every field on your social media profile such as your phone number and home address, including these details increases the chance of identity theft.

7. Do not respond to online solicitations from people you do not know.

8. Never share your account information with others.

9. If you see a suspicious post, report it to the social media site. Suspicious posts may include unrealistic promises. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.

10. Ignore requests for account information. Scammers usually ask for information that a bank will not request through social media; a limited-time offer or urgent response required. Scammers want to motivate you to act fast so that you do not hesitate in providing the information requested.

If you adhere to these steps, you’re sure to be on a very safe side, free from social media scammers.

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