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Parents' Guide to Social Media Scams

On any social media platform, you’ll often come across links to genuine-looking websites. They might include an exclusive offer for one of your favourite shops or invite you to complete a quiz in return for a particular reward. In some cases, clicking on these links takes you to a fake website where you are asked to provide your personal details. The whole enterprise is a ploy to capture sensitive details, such as your email address and password, which the scammers then exploit at your expense.

In the guide below, from National Online Safety, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as phishing scams, untrustworthy URLs and 'payment first' scams.



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