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In recent months, Fraud.org has received an increasing number of complaints from consumers who were contacted by scammers through social media sites. For example, consumers report being contacted on Facebook by sites impersonating the well-known companies with exciting news that they have “won” promotional contests or work-at-home opportunities. How to differentiate legit ads from bogus ones on your favorite sites?

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Tech support scams costing computer users

Just before midnight George got a call. "I was told it was the Microsoft Corporation," George said. "They said there was a problem with my computer but they would fix the problem for free and would install an antivirus to protect against future attacks for $99." George went to bed uneasy, not sure if the supposed Microsoft employee was legitimate or a fraudster.