June 15, 2024

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s bureau is sounding an alarm towards a surging Internet fraud tactic.

According to detectives, the deceptive act involves fraudsters composing posts on social platforms about a vanished child or family member. They then request users to circulate the post to extend awareness.

In reality, nobody is lost or missing. Once the post has gained a considerable reach, fraudsters modify the original content to insert a harmful link. This link may contain malware that can harm your computer’s systems.

In order to safeguard against this fraud, detectives advise refraining from clicking on links in social media posts unless you can confirm their authenticity beyond doubt.

The number of victims who have fallen prey to this scam since its inception locally remains uncertain.

States Suffering The Most From Internet Frauds – A Comparative Examination

Below is a comparative examination of states based on the total money lost to fraud. The data originates from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Gallery Courtesy Of: Scott Clow

Frequently Asked Questions:

**1. How are social media scams perpetrated?**

In most social media scams, fraudsters use various tactics to trick people into providing their personal and financial details. They might post fake advertisements, conduct fraudulent fundraising campaigns, or in this case, create a fake missing person report to prompt people to click on malicious links.

**2. How can people protect themselves from these scams?**

It is pivotal to maintain a good degree of skepticism when clicking on links in social media posts, especially those that ask for personal or financial information. Also, always make sure to verify the legitimacy of a post before sharing or engaging with it.

**3. What should you do if you think you’ve fallen victim to such a scam?**

If you suspect that you’ve become a victim of such scams, firstly, report it to your local law enforcement agency. Secondly, protect your personal data by immediately changing login credentials, especially for your bank and other essential accounts.