The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that scams starting on social media have proliferated during the pandemic. Scammers are hiding out on social media and using ads and offers to attract their next unsuspecting victims.
Some pose as legitimate online sellers but never deliver the items for which they’ve been paid. Others deal in romance scams or phony offers of financial help such as grants or other pandemic-related relief. These types of scams are after money, personal information, or both.
How does it work? Scammers can hide behind phony profiles on social media. They can take over an account or join a virtual community you trust to encourage you to trust them. But you can make it harder for scammers to target you with these strategies: