KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Is Your Grandma Really Selling Furniture on Social Media?
For years, cybercriminals have used social media to post fake listings for popular items such as furniture or electronics. As these scams have grown in popularity, many people have learned to be careful when buying items online from strangers. Now, cybercriminals are impersonating people you trust to lure you into their fake listing scams.
In a recent scam, cybercriminals use social engineering to gain access to the social media accounts of everyday users like your friends and family. If they’re successful, the cybercriminals will post items for sale from the hacked account. Since the listing appears to be from someone who you know and trust, it may seem legitimate. However, if you try to buy the item from the seller, you won’t receive the item you wanted. Instead, your money will go directly to the cybercriminals!
Follow the tips below to stay safe from similar scams:
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