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Don’t fall for these trending social media scams

Watch out for scams on social media.

What’s trending on social media? Scams.

Cons that trick users into revealing financial and other information are popping up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms.

To protect yourself, the CyberSafe at USPS team advises you to watch out for the following before engaging with others on social media:

• Facebook fakes. If you receive messages from friends asking you to share money they’ve won, your friends’ accounts have been hacked.

• Twitter traps. Scammers are sending direct messages to Twitter users that lead to fake login pages where the fraudsters steal users’ passwords.

• Instagram imitators. Fake advertising deals are conning Instagram users into making purchases through the “Family and Friends” option on PayPal. Funds sent this way are not protected, so users are unable to file claims for fraudulent transactions.

Employees should also refer to Handbook AS-805, Section 363, which explains the USPS social media policy.

According to the policy, employees shouldn’t create unauthorized USPS social media accounts, post social media messages on the Postal Service’s behalf, use postal devices to log in to social media accounts, or use USPS email addresses for these accounts.

The CyberSafe at USPS sites on BlueLiteBlue and have additional information.

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