Recognizing and Reporting Fake Social Media Accounts
Scammers often utilize social media by creating fake accounts pretending to be popular brands, organizations, celebrities, or even your own friends to try and convince you to give them personal information and data. They can use this information to steal your money, including credit or debit card numbers, bank account numbers, usernames and passwords, etc.
One common tactic that these accounts use is exploiting real giveaways. When a real account starts a giveaway, scammers will create fake accounts and seek out people who entered to try to get their personal information by telling them that they won.
To identify fake accounts and avoid being scammed over social media, check the following criteria:
Are you following the suspect account? If you know that you are following the real account who originally offered the giveaway, check to see if you are following the account that messaged you. If you're not following them, it's probably fake.
Here is an example of a real account that is being followed: