With scams and fraud schemes proliferating on social media, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched a campaign to educate Americans about social media hazards and provide information about how they can protect themselves.
“Scammers have been using email and telephone calls to target unsuspecting victims for years. Now, with today's boom in social media use, the con artists are just as likely to use Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms to execute their insidious scams to steal people's money and identities,” said AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 70 percent of Americans regularly use social media.
The Fraud Watch Network education campaign includes advertising, online videos and a new website, www.aarp.org/SocialScams. The effort warns consumers about specific social media scams, such as the coupon scam and the genealogy scam.
Abagnale provides the following tips to avoid identity theft via social media:
Abagnale, who was named AARP Fraud Watch Ambassador in 2015, has been associated with the FBI for more than four decades. Abagnale's story was told in his bestselling book, Catch Me if You Can, and in the 2002 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
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