Harrisburg, PA – Lately, I’ve noticed an increasing number of clients sharing messages they’ve received from scammers claiming that their social media accounts are blocked or that they’re receiving various spam emails.
Over the years, I’ve developed an eye for identifying scammers and methods to verify the legitimacy of emails and messages I receive. The most effective way to determine if an email or message is legitimate is to examine its source.
With emails, you can always check who the sender is. If the email is from an unaffiliated source, even if it appears legitimate, do not click! Scammers have become adept at designing deceptive emails that mimic authenticity.
The same applies to social media. If you visit the profile of the person or organization notifying you that your business is being blocked from social media, do not believe them if you notice that the account is not associated with Facebook, even if it seems otherwise, and do not click on any links they send.
Scammers will attempt to deceive you into believing there’s an issue with your account and may ask you to take actions that could lead to hacking. It’s crucial to avoid this at all costs.
So the next time you receive a message from a scammer that appears to be from a legitimate source, take the time to investigate further. You’ll likely discover it’s just a hacker attempting to make your life miserable.