Social Media Scams

Social Media Scams

Who’s the target?

Anyone with a social media account

How does it happen?

Scammers utilize social media to carry out a variety of scams. One common clickbait scam starts with a private message containing a link to an exciting offer or even a “required software update.“ When you click the nefarious link, a virus is installed on your device, or malware can be installed, revealing your personal information to the scammer. Another common social media scam is impersonation.

It’s easy for fraudsters to create a fake profile or even hijack an existing profile and use it to convince you you’re sending money to someone you know when you’re really being scammed. Romance scams are also common on social media. A scammer can create a false profile and use it to lure unsuspecting victims into a romantic “relationship,” which ultimately leads them to request money from you in the form of wires or gift cards. It’s important to stay vigilant when interacting on social media to avoid these traps.

Red Flags:

  • Someone you don’t know messages you with a link to download an update, exciting offer or prize information
  • Someone you know on social media suddenly messages you asking for money for an emergency
  • They’re requesting you send them funds via wire, gift cards, or cryptocurrency

How can we stay safe?

  • Don’t click on unsolicited links or pop-up messages on social media
  • Create unique, strong, passwords for all your social media accounts, and do not share them with anyone
  • Remember that offers that seem too good to be true are often scams

If you think you have been scammed:

  • Contact your financial institutions as soon as possible
  • If you’ve given the scammer any of your account passwords or PINs, change them immediately
  • File a report on
  • Contact the Social Security Fraud Hotline (if applicable)

BHCCU Resources

Blackhawk Community Credit Union will never contact you and ask you for your username, password, secure access code, IP address, or full account number. If you receive such a message via call, text, or email, please do not respond. You can always call us directly to confirm: 800.779.5555.

Angie Hoium
BHCCU Fraud & BSA Officer
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