Social media warning: Scams to watch out for

Social media has become a daily part of our lives and scammers know it. They're now using the platforms to try and take your money and many of them target older users.

AARP is sharing some of the most common scams to watch out for:

Coupons: You may have seen these on Facebook. Stores offer coupons for hundreds of dollars, but they're fake! You either have to pay to get the coupon or give personal information. These fake coupons can even download a virus on to your computer. So how can you spot a fake? If the coupon is real, it will likely be on the retailer's actual web site.

Facebook profile viewer tracking: This is something that promises to show you who's looking at your profile. Well, it's not the real thing. Don't download anything. Don't give personal information and report the issue to Facebook.

Phishing messages about closed accounts: These are e-mails or tweets from companies that look legitimate, perhaps something from a bank that states your account was closed and to reply with your personal information or password. Scammers are hoping you'll fall for it so they can gain access to your account. Don't respond and delete the e-mail. Then reach out directly to see if anything is really wrong.


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