Messaging apps allowed us to connect with anyone locally or internationally. But along with the convenience of messaging and free texting, scammers are also having a convenient time targeting different victims.
This is why be wary when receiving messages from strangers. You might be a target and you haven’t realized it.
With that, here are the 5 most common messaging scams, and what you should do when you’ve been targeted.
Check the quick rundown below. For a much in-depth discussion, scroll down for more.
For this type, you’ll get a message from an anonymous person saying that they know your secret. If they lead you on, they’ll try to ask for money to keep their mouth shut.
What to do: Ask about the ‘secret’. Don’t go on full panic mode. Check if the person is bluffing. If the person does have information about you, inquire to the authorities and try to trace this person.
You will receive a text from your messenger stating that he/she is a philanthropist that’s willing to give away some money to the ones who have received the message. The “Samaritan” might ask you to click a link or submit some information, so you can claim your money. Little did they know, they are stealing your data.
What to do: Ignore the message. Don’t click any links or give out personal information. No rich samaritan will just hand over money to random strangers.
With this type, you’ll receive a random message from your bank saying that there’s an emergency going on and they will need you to send some details. It’s either they let you click a link, submit a form to a phishing site ask for your details directly.
What to do: Check the receiver if it’s a legitimate number from your bank. You can also inquire about your trusted contact on the bank and ask them if there actual emergencies.
One of the most common scams, the scammer will send you a message stating that you’ve won a raffle. You’ll need to reply with your personal data or mobile load, so you can get the prize.
What to do: Check if you actually joined in any online raffle or contest. If you haven’t joined anything, then simply ignore the message.
The ones I’ve mentioned above are short-term scams, which means everything is done as quick as possible. On the other hand, catfishing is more in the long-term.
Catfishing is a type of scam wherein the scammer poses as someone else to lure someone to have a social media relationship with them. Now, once the victim is smitten and is having a “relationship” with the scammer, the scammer will try to ask for money on the victim.
What to do: Be wary of vague profiles on the internet. If you’ve been talking for quite some time, you can ask the person for a call or video call. Also, don’t give out money for people you haven’t met in real life yet.
As social networking platforms have become one of the leading marketing channels, there’s no doubt that social media marketing is continuously growing. With this, marketers are focusing more on social media influencers, since they are considered “celebrities” in the social networking world.
Wonder why every marketer are including social media influencers on their campaigns? Here are the reasons why:
Because of the interaction on social network and messenger apps, the followers feel that the influencer isn’t some celebrity, but a distant yet close friend.
If you have a clothing line that offers a ‘vintage aesthetic’, you can tap influencers on that category. People will most likely pay attention if you posted the dresses through a vintage-fashion influencer than putting it in a billboard or TV ad since not everyone who can reach the said ad is your target market.
Every day, everyone’s scrolling on their social media apps. You can get more reach on phones now than on TV.
Now, before putting an influencer for your brand or product, you must ensure that you’re getting the right influencers. This is one of the common mistakes when someone uses an influencer to market their products.
They usually pick someone with high followers count, but because the niche of the influencer is different from the product, the marketers don’t get their desired results.
With that, marketers must know the type of influencers that they should pick when representing their brand, and we’re here to help.
Here is the quick rundown of the 5 types of social media influencers. For further discussion, scroll down for more:
As social media is slowly taking over traditional media, celebrities are also becoming part of the social networking space. By using celebrities, good engagement is guaranteed. The downside for this is that celebrities come with hefty rates.
It’s a bittersweet reality, but not all relationship ends up on a happy note. Even if you posted the sweetest posts on social media, at some point you’ll have to go on separate ways.
Back in the pre-internet data, it’s easy to deal with post-breakup. If you want to avoid that person, you can simply not contact with certain people and don’t go to certain places. Nowadays, it’s not the case. You can still be updated with your ex, all “thanks” to social media.
Well, if you’re still friends with your ex.
Now this leaves the question: Is it okay to be connected with your Ex on Social Media?
This topic has been continuously debated. Some people might say it’s immature to block your exes, whilst some might say it’s normal to sever relationship ties. Whether immature or not, staying friends with an ex on social media are a risky territory.
With that being said, here are the reasons why you should continue being friends or why you should cut your ties immediately.
Now that you have the reason why you and should not be connected with an ex on social media, here are the things to consider before letting your ex’s social network account stay or go.
Staying connected with an ex on social media is a tricky spot. But this is up to you– you know yourself more than anyone. You’re the only one who knows what information you can and cannot handle.
Also, consider the feelings of your current partner. Communicate your limits when it comes to exes, so no feelings won’t get hurt in the whole process.
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Can you still remember life before the social network took over? By this time, new social media apps are just being conceptualized– some of it is not even being thought upon.
Everyone is busy checking the newest TV shows, going to comic and book shops for some reads. Some are busy crafting their profiles for classified ads for love seekers/text mates/penpals.
If you would think about it, our life and culture are different the moment the internet and social media came into the picture. Here are the specific changes social media made to our culture:
Before, television ends the discussion when the show ends. We don’t have a channel for all of us to discuss our thoughts about politics, entertainment, pop culture, and such. We can only talk about it with our family, friends, and colleagues.
When social media happened, a big shift happened. Suddenly, all of us have a public channel to say our opinion on every little thing that gets viral. Whether it’s a showbiz story or a major announcement from the Government, everyone has something to say.
Just look at any popular post on popular or new social media apps. Some are sharing valid thoughts, some are trolling around, while others are busy having a social debate with others.
Back in the pre-social media days, reaching out to a foreigner is a rare occurrence. You can’t talk to someone from another country unless you’ve got a hefty amount of money for long-distance calls. Now on the new social media app age, you can chat with someone through messenger apps.
You can also reach out to your favorite celebrities through social network channels. Unlike before, where you physically have to follow your idol around or wait for entertainment news just to get updated.
As time went by, social media (internet in general) is taking over the traditional media. I mean why would you wait for commercials just to hear a news story about your favorite celebrity? You can just open your smartphone, search his/her Instagram, and you’re done.
This is because celebrities changed their ways too. Before, they make major announcements through entertainment shows, but nowadays they do it on photo sharing apps or social media apps.
Aside from interacting with people, social network apps became an avenue for people to shop for. Facebook has a Facebook marketplace, Instagram has ads now on its explore page and new apps like EyesUP that have online seller accounts.
Thanks to group chat, it’s easy now to collaborate with your workmates. Either it’s a School or Business project, there’s no excuse now not to get involved.
Before the new social media app era, getting popular can only happen if you’re an actual celebrity or someone who just showed up on TV, thus getting 15 minutes of fame.
Now, getting quick popularity is possible since you can be viral in just a few hours. Unfortunately, that popularity will fade in just a few hours too.
Social media is still evolving with every feature. New social networking apps like EyesUP are working on reinventing social media.
Now, what can we do about it? All we need to do right now is wait and go with the changes, and be self-aware on how to use social media responsibly.