Social media sites new playground for fraudsters

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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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