Whether your considering deleting facebook due to all the drama and negative news or your wall is thriving with exotic beach photos, just remember, hitting “Post” isn’t always the safest way to communicate in today’s world.
By telling people where you are and more importantly, are not, you are giving criminals a jump start advantage. Even checking in to a restaurant lets others know where you are, who you’re with, what you’re wearing, and most likely a good estimate of how long you’ll be there.
This makes you and the people your tagging an easy target. Especially in small communities like ours.
If you’re traveling, this is even riskier. Posting a photo of your plane ticket allows people to see your airline, personal info, seat details, arriving country, and a timeline of when you’ll get there and to which gate you’ll arrive! The risk is high, and it’s not worth it.
Here are a few tips to avoid a traumatic scamming experience while you’re traveling over the holiday season (and any other time for that matter…)
- Check your privacy settings on social media and share with the people you know rather your entire friend list or anyone online.
- Resist the urge for unknown followers just to spike your numbers. This is risky business.
- Don’t post until you get home
- Don’t check in, and don’t post photos that reveal where you are
- Lastly… just turn the phone off altogether, breathe, and enjoy the break. You’re on holiday!!!
If you have been victimized by an online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.