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With the exciting news of the royal baby and the worldwide buzz of events leading up to the birth, George Alexander Louis was not all that was born -- social media scams were as well.
According to the Better Business Bureau, users should beware of royal baby scams online, especially on Facebook or Twitter. Of course, these scams are not limited to just those sites, and they can just as easily be circulated through email.
How does the scams work, exactly? If you are browsing your feed on a social media site, for example, and you see that one of your friends links to or has liked an "exclusive" video of the new royal baby, you might be tempted to then click on it.
After clicking, however, you won't be led to the advertised footage, but instead a third-party website that may request that you update your video player by clicking first on another link.
After you click on that link, the website may start automatically downloading a virus or software onto your computer. This can then lead to your banking and other personal information being scanned and stolen from you.
What can you do to protect yourself from being scammed? Here are a few tips:
To learn more about keeping yourself safe on the Internet, check out FindLaw's comprehensive section on Online Scams.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.
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