This is the time of year when many families make the decision to go on vacation. And with vacation comes the vacation photos, which usually get shared on social networking sites like Facebook. But a new and sinister phenomenon seems to be occurring, according to recent news: the fake Facebook vacation scam. This scam takes advantage of the fact that almost 1/3 of consumers post their vacation details on social media. Hackers hijack an email account or use a phone number to contact family members of those on vacation and request monetary help for a so-called ‘vacation emergency’.
This scam targets more vulnerable elderly family members, and has resulted in an average $1,551 being lost every time money is sent. http://www.internet-serviceproviders.com/anti-virus references reports from Avast Antivirus users, who have experienced this scam. Experts recommend not posting any vacation photos or information on any social media accounts until your family has returned home safe and sound. This is the best way to protect both your home from being potentially burglarized, and your family from becoming the victims of this latest extortion attempt. In addition, you may also want to take a closer look at the privacy settings of your social media accounts to ensure that only those you know see what you post.