In the digital age, social media platforms have become a double-edged sword. While they connect us with friends, family, and celebrities, they also provide prime hunting grounds for scammers. These scammers prey on our trust, emotions, and desires, using clever tactics. As a Pakistani social media user, it’s crucial to stay vigilant to avoid falling victim to these scams. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Today we’ll talk in detail how these scams work and how you can avoid getting yourself tangled up in this mess.

The Types Of Scams

When it comes to scams, we’ve noticed a trend and have divided them into 3 distinct categories:

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  1. The Classic Giveaway Scam: We all know not to trust anyone who comes along with a get rich quick scheme. Not everything you see is real and there is sadly no real “21 Din Mey Paisa Double” scenario happening like in Hera Pheri 2. This popular fraud on social media follows a recognizable pattern. Scammers copy prominent businesses or impersonate celebrities to pitch freebies. If you input any money or crypto-assets into a specified wallet address, they guarantee to double your money. Nevertheless, your investment disappears permanently when you transfer it. Keep in mind that genuine gifts are uncommon, so do your homework before dealing with any such offers!
  2. Fake Verified Accounts: Social media networks now provide trust cues, such as the blue check on X, which scammers tend to exploit. To look real, they make phony verified accounts. These con artists frequently make extravagant claims about instant profits or ask you for help. When dealing with these  accounts, use caution, particularly if they want money transactions or personal information.
  3. Phishing Scams: Phishing is the practice of cyber-criminals pretending to be someone else in order to deceive us into sharing personal information. Phishing scams on social media networks, such as Instagram, Facebook, X, and even LinkedIn, are on the rise. In an attempt to get credit card information, personal data, or login credentials, con artists send messages or hyperlinks that take recipients to harmful websites. Before taking any action, always exercise caution and make sure they are real.

How To Spot These Scammers & Avoid Them

These scammers at times aren’t the brightest, sooner or later they get caught and they all follow the same pattern, here are a couple of things you can look out for to keep you safe:

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  1. Grammar and Spelling Errors: Scammers often make mistakes in their messages. If you notice frequent errors, proceed with caution.
  2. Verify Official Sources: Search for official announcements or news articles related to giveaways or promotions. Legitimate companies will have clear information available.
  3. Check Website URLs: Scammers create fake pages with URLs that resemble legitimate ones. Always verify the actual website address before interacting with any form or link.
  4. Be Skeptical of Urgency: Scammers create urgency to pressure victims into acting quickly. Take your time and verify any claims independently.
  5. Educate Friends & Family: Stay informed about common scams and tactics used by fraudsters. Share this information to protect your loved ones. Knowledge is your best defense against these people.
  6. Enable Two-Factor Authentication: Add an extra layer of security to your accounts.
  7. Report Suspicious Activity: If you encounter a scam, report it to the relevant authorities.

Remember, scammers are constantly evolving their tactics, but so can we. By staying alert and cautious, we can outsmart these fraudsters and keep our online experiences safe and enjoyable. Let’s build a resilient digital community—one that thrives on trust, not deception.

Keep yourself and family safe with more of our guides; this is your favorite friendly neighborhood techie, Zayaan, Signing Off!

Zayaan Khan
A Mechanical Engineer who wrangles with drones and designs by day and your favorite friendly neighborhood techie/ gearhead by night. I’ve always been intrigued by how everything works. Blessed with penmanship, I take the latest in tech/ automotive news and craft it into something that keeps you glued to your screen! You can simply call me the “The Engineer who writes”