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Avoid Falling Victim to Click-jacking Scams

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Even savvy computer users can fall for the new "click-jacking" scam – the latest trick that hides a scam on a seemingly safe webpage.

According to the Better Business Bureau, the scam works by making computer users think they are clicking on a perfectly harmless link, when in reality they are falling victim to a scam.

The BBB says you may receive an email, social media message or test that directs you to a website providing a link to a website with a free give-away or a contest. Everything may look normal once at the site, but there may be a link hiding on one of the buttons.

Scammers may place an invisible link on top of the register button that is supposed to enter you for a free gift. However you are really activating a code that could do anything from ordering something from Amazon to changing the settings on your computer, according to BBB officials.

This trick could also be used to get you to 'like' something on Facebook that you wouldn't normally like (also called "like-jacking").

If the deal looks to good to be true, it probably is and should be avoided. Tips to avoid falling victim to a click-jacking scam include: keeping your browser updated, logging out of websites and making sure the websites you visit are legitimate.

For more tips, go to bbb.org.

 

 

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