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Social Scamming: Don’t get caught out

By David Buist

Social Scamming: Don’t get caught out

At the height of Covid-19 lockdowns, 60% of the UK’s adult population were working from home – and this is expected to increase to 70% by 2025. The rise of remote working has also led to a rise in cybercrime, so it has never been more critical for businesses to strengthen online security measures and increase the vigilance of their employees when working in and out of the office.

“fraudsters are opportunists who have identified a surge in people”

What should I be looking for?

Fraudsters are duping people into parting with their money by setting up bogus charities that claim to support popular or trending causes.

For instance, the recent Seaspiracy documentary has prompted scammers to set up a false ‘Save the Turtles’ charity, with a functioning website and social media pages selling merchandise at temptingly discounted rates. On the surface, everything looks in order. However, social scamming and fraudsters are opportunists who have identified a surge in people donating to sea life causes. They’re even sponsoring their websites and social media pages to take full advantage of this interest.

Cybercriminals are also “befriending” unsuspecting members of the public on social media using bogus accounts and proceeding to post malicious links intended to divert victims to fake login pages where they’re required to re-enter their usernames and passwords. Upon “signing in”, fraudsters gain access to the victim’s account and target their contacts with malicious scams.

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What can I do about social scamming?

If you want to mitigate risk for your business, and navigate the precarious waters of the internet but are unsure about where to begin, our technical team are offering free, tailored, and confidential advice for business owners and their teams on all aspects of cybersecurity, computational health, and virtual positioning concerns – with no obligation.

Alternatively, join us on 05th May 2021 at 10 am to meet our cybersecurity experts and find out more about how we can support your business. Plus, on registering your place, you’ll receive a free Cyber Security Support Tool to implement companywide. To register your place for our free webinar, visit or contact me directly to find out more about cybersecurity for your business by emailing or calling 01284 333 452.