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Every minute, thousands of scam letters are sent in social media and to the mailbox. Some of them get into spam or ignored. Others achieve their target audience, among which you can be as well. Legit.ng together with Jiji collected the most widespread types of internet fraud and explained how they work. Too obvious to deceive someone, these manipulative texts have already diddled a ton of people.
You can be a theoretical physicist or sell fruits on the market ― this doesn't matter. You'll lie if you say that you've never gossiped. It is this human weakness that the Internet fraudsters use. They write about the next provoking Kim Kardashian's photo or "youwillnotbelieve-quote" that Trump said. But under splashy headlines, they hide nothing more as malicious links. As soon as you click them, your laptop becomes a home for computer viruses. From now on, scammers can steal your private data and take advantage of it.
You get a message from your relative or close friend that asks you to transfer him/her money because he or she stuck without a dime abroad or in some other unpleasant situation.
Facebook, as well as Twitter, are those places where you can detect this type of scam. You get an email that asks you whether you saw some of your photos, presumably with shocking content. Many people forget to check who sent them this message. They quickly follow the link and get into the trap.
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your IQ
The quickest way to get a confirmation that you're smart is to pass one of the numerous online IQ tests. However, very often to get the test's result, you need to enter your email, which scammers can get. Also, you can be asked to follow a particular link to see the results, but it will be indeed a site that can steal your personal data. Or you'll be made to register via Facebook but, in reality, you'll enter your login and password on a dangerous page, which was on purpose created to fish for your private data.
Join State University's group on Facebook
These groups are nothing more than a spider net, where people get believing to join into a trustable useful group or society in social media. In reality, such a group is the reason to find out your email, phone number, or even worse, home address.
All we need is $1,850.00 but anything you can spare right now will be appreciated and I promise to refund it to you as soon as I arrive back home safely. All we need is $1,850.00 but anything you can spare right now will be appreciated and I promise to refund it to you as soon as I arrive back home safely.
All we need is $1,850.00 but anything you can spare right now will be appreciated and I promise to refund it to you as soon as I arrive back home safely. All we need is $1,850.00 but anything you can spare right now will be appreciated and I promise to refund it to you as soon as I arrive back home safely.
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Social media can be a useful word of mouth in case you or your relative is in need. However, this is how fraudsters can swindle you. A usual scheme is to create an account, then follow thousands of other users. When the user starts following a fake account, they receive an alert with a link to the scammer's profile. The profile often contains links to malware or phishing sites.
Protect a family from HIV/AIDS

There are three main types of HIV/AIDS-related frauds: HIV spam, HIV malware, HIV "cures," "remedies," and "vaccines." This type of scammers relies on the feel of desperation ill people can have, as well as a pang of guilt and decreased critical thinking of healthy men and women.
Lottery and
Free Gift Card

Winning something is always pleasant, and scammers know it. They use this feeling when coming up with the next swindle where you get a message notifying you that you won in the lottery or that you're a lucky 100th visitor of the website and you got a gift card to the most expensive jewelry shop in your town.
Account Cancelled
This fraud is usually realized via Facebook. You get a message or even an email that tells you that your account will be deactivated unless you undertake particular actions.
Scammers can ask you to send your account information to them or login via a link they provide. This way, fraudsters get access to your sensitive data and can start to deceive your friends on Facebook by sending them messages with a malicious link.
See Who Viewed Your Profile

This fraud relies on human blind confidence and curiosity. A person gets a message, sometimes even from a friend, that says to follow a link because of some important information there, for instance, someone famous mentioned you in his/her post. A luckless man opens the reference, enters his/her personal data which is usually required in this type of fraud, and that's all, the data is stolen, and the victim stairs at an empty monitor understanding nothing.
Phishing Signs
  • Impossible promises ― win a fortune, move abroad, or marry
  • You're asked to enter your banking account information
  • Gossip headlines and tone of voice
  • Wrong source's URL
  • Request to download Adobe Flash
  • There's no public information online about a person you communicate with
  • The person seems too ideal to be real
  • Contradictions in the person's profile
  • The person hurries up to move the relationship along
  • The person doesn't want to meet you in person
  • You're required to click a link to see something
  • Requests to encourage you to a specific action

Keep your banking information to yourself
Protect Yourself
  • credit card details
  • online account details
  • copies of personal documents
Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that asks for
  • up-front payment via money order
  • wire transfer
  • international funds transfer
  • pre-loaded card
  • electronic currency, like Bitcoin

Be careful over the web
  • Put your profiles on private
  • Don't click on suspicious links. Look at the source's URL
  • Beware of requests that rush you to take action
  • Check to see if there is another suspicious activity on the person's feed
  • Be wary of the plug-ins or applications you use on Facebook
  • Don't give websites your number to receive quiz answers

Jiji is a classified with 10 million unique active users and 150,000 sellers in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania. Its primary task as the online marketplace is to guard its users against scammers while they do business on the platform. If the problem occurs, Jiji Team checks this seller as soon as possible and deletes this profile from the system. To avoid the danger of offline meetings between a seller and buyer, Jiji offers Premium Services that allow accepting online payments safely.