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Fake Social Media Verification Scams Are the Gateway to Something Much More Sinister


Using copyright violation threats or the lure of obtaining a blue checkmark to verify your account, the latest scams easily trick victims out of their social media credentials.

For anyone that is (or thinks they are) a social media “influencer”, there are no greater messages that will stir up emotions to get a response than a potential suspension on one end of the spectrum, and verification on the other. That’s what scammers are betting on in the latest phishing scams targeting users of TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter.

Using realistic-looking emails and landing pages (as shown below), the scammers convincingly take the victim for their credentials, and other details.


These information stolen can be sold on the dark web, used to further scam other initiatives (case in point, recent cryptocurrency scams on Twitter) by impersonating the victim.

While this feels like a scam that doesn’t impact organizations, identity theft – even on social media – can find its way into the organization through use of company devices for personal use. Organizations should make users aware of these kinds of scams to help both the employee and the organization stay safe.

Don’t get hacked by social media phishing attacks!

Many of your users are active on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The bad guys use these platforms to scrape profile information of your users and organization to create targeted spear phishing campaigns in an attempt to hijack accounts, damage your organization’s reputation, or gain access to your network.

KnowBe4’s Social Media Phishing Test is a complimentary IT security tool that helps you identify which users in your organization are vulnerable to these types of phishing attacks that could put your users and organization at risk.


Here’s how the Social Media Phishing Test works:

  • Immediately start your test with your choice of three social media phishing templates
  • Choose the corresponding landing page your users see after they click
  • Show users which red flags they missed or send them to a fake login page
  • Get a PDF emailed to you in 24 hours with your percentage of clicks and data entered

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