FACEBOOK and Instagram users have been warned to watch out for rampant online scam campaigns, from fake romances to bogus giveaways.
The popular social media sites were ranked among the top 10 for scammers in a recent study, with Facebook taking the top slot.
SocialCatfish.com (SCF) recently released its list based on a study of data from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), the Federal Trade Commission, and the FBI.
Rounding out the list are five dating apps, two messaging services, and one online game.
The study also included a survey of 722 people in the Social Catfish Seekers Facebook group, which is comprised of scam victims.
Facebook came out on top with 152 scam victims, followed by Google Hangouts with 99 and Instagram with 80.
WhatsApp and Plenty of Fish each had 50 victims, with Match.com, OurTime, Zoosk, Words With Friends and Tinder filling out the final five slots.
The study outlined the top scams for each platform – including account cloning on Facebook, romance scams on Google Hangouts, and fake brand giveaways on Instagram.
SCF emphasized that scammers have grown more and more sophisticated in recent years, raising risks for even the savviest internet users.
IC3 data revealed a record $4.2billion was lost to scammers in 2020 – a number that could be even higher in 2021.
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California ranked as the number one most-scammed state with nearly $621.5million in losses, followed by New York with $415.8million and Texas with $313.5million.
People over the age of 60 were the most likely to be victims of scams, but research showed rates are increasing rapidly among people under 20.
The Google Play store was recently hit with its own scammer scandal.
Researchers revealed around 200 apps on the platform were masking a sneaky malware that has targeted millions of Android users in over 70 countries since last November.
Facebook and Google did not immediately return The Sun’s requests for comment on Tuesday.
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