Top schemes you should avoid on social media

Experts: The number of phishing attempts on social media sites has exploded 150%

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(CNN) – Schemers can be clever and trick you into sharing your personal information, but there are ways to spot a scheme.

Watch out for fake customer service accounts on twitter. Online criminals use these accounts to get your bank login and password. They could look very similar to real sites. The tell? The twitter handle can be one character off or have an extra underscore or other character.

Schemers can be patient, waiting for you to tweet your bank and then replying with a link to a fake support site that can steal your info.

Another scheme, phony posts. Fraudsters can comment on a popular story with a link to a buzzy headline. Or even paste a link promoting a free livestream for an event like a game or concert, but those links usually lead to a website asking for your personal information.

Even though it’s tempting to see what your spirit animal is, or what you will be doing in 20 years, be careful of fake online surveys and contests.

No matter what, only click on profiles you know that are verified with that blue check mark. Never give out information online you don’t want schemers to steal.

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