Siouxland teen loses hundreds of dollars after being scammed on Instagram

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Siouxland police are warning teens and parents to be on alert after a scammer took just over a $1,000 from a Sioux Falls teen.

A 15-year-old girl was targeted through her Instagram account. The teen provided her bank account details to the individual who offered to help financially. The funds the individual put into the account were fraudulent and the victim lost hundreds of dollars. Police say this is another prime example of why parents need to monitor what’s kids are doing online.

Three billion people, or 40% of the global population, now use social media and because of that, there is a greater chance of being exploited.

Here are the top 5 social media scams as listed bu internet security business Norton.

5. Chain Letters. These are often associated with headlines like, “Retweet this and Bill Gates will donate $5 million to charity!”
4. Cash Grabs.
3. Hidden Charges. If you see something online like, “What type of STAR WARS character are you? Find out with our quiz.  Try and avoid those clicks.
2. Phishing Requests.
1. Hidden URLs.  Beware of blindly clicking on shortened URLs. They may be handy but you never know where you’re going to go since the URL’s hides the full location.

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