Digital Self-Defense: How to Identify Scammers Across Various Platforms

Phishing Attempts in Emails

One of the most common ways scammers try to obtain sensitive information is through phishing emails. Be wary of unexpected emails requesting personal information, passwords, or financial details. Always check the sender and be alert to unusual links. Legitimate organizations will never ask for confidential information via email.

Suspicious Messages on Social Media

Scammers have discovered social media as a fertile ground for their fraudulent activities. Exercise caution with friend requests from strangers and be wary of messages containing suspicious links. Authentic accounts often have verification symbols, while fake accounts may exhibit a lack of activity or inconsistencies in their profile information.

Too Good to Be True: Online Offers and Deals

Scammers often try to lure consumers with exceptionally enticing offers or deals that seem too good to be true. Be skeptical of online stores that don't provide secure payment options or request unusual payment methods. Check store reviews and look for potential red flags before making a purchase. False Tech Support Calls A common scam tactic involves receiving unsolicited calls from individuals claiming to be tech support. Genuine technical support will never initiate contact without your request. Hang up if asked to provide personal information or download software.

Crypto Scams on Investment Platforms

Cryptocurrencies have attracted scammers offering fake investment opportunities. Exercise extreme caution with investment proposals promising guaranteed profits and conduct thorough research before investing in a crypto project. Reliable platforms have transparent information and a history of successful transactions.


Digital self-defense begins with awareness and vigilance. Recognizing the subtle signs of scams on various digital platforms is essential to shield yourself from potential threats. Be critical, never share personal information with strangers, and take the time to verify the reliability of online offers and messages. By staying alert and well-informed, you can create a safer digital experience for yourself.

By Nina Jacobs - ProLinker Customer Support 

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