Semalt: Social Media Spam You Should Know About

Spam is the unsolicited and irrelevant group of messages sent to a large number of internet users. Spammers use different techniques to spread spam as they want to trap users in phishing attacks, malware, and affiliate programs. Artem Abgarian, the Semalt Senior Customer Success Manager, states that primarily spam was used as a source of communication, but now it has taken a serious form and should be gotten rid of as early as possible. Besides both email spam and social media spam is a widespread problem that can be divided into five different types:

Fake social media profiles and accounts:

Fake social media accounts and profiles are a key to spamming. Hackers create lots of Facebook and Twitter profiles, mostly with names and pics of girls to lure as many users as possible. They want to gain credibility and visibility for their own sites and get you trapped in a lot of ways. They may pretend to be celebrities, politicians, public figures, or cricketers, and want you to like and share their posts.

Bulk messages:

Bulk messages are messages with the same name or text that are sent to lots of social media users at once. Some spammers create fake accounts and post duplicate messages at regular intervals. They either want to create a mess for legitimate users or want to lure someone with their offers and affiliate links. The use of bulk social media messages began in 2009. That time, some spam websites offering jobs tricked users to trust that their profiles and sites were genuine.

Malicious links:

Malicious links are spread on the internet through social media, and hackers or spammers aim to harm, damage or mislead a lot of websites or devices. When you click on any of those links, you may be redirected to a Twitter, Google+ or Facebook profile that has nothing to do with legitimacy. In fact, users are forced to click on those malicious links and hackers spread malware on social media to steal private information and bank details.

Fraudulent reviews:

Various products and services are being sold on the internet, and the most popular place for this is social media, of course. Unfortunately, you don't always get the product you saw in the pic, as hackers simply pay users for positive reviews. Such practice allows online fraudsters to sell more and more products and make their business thrive.

Undesired content:

No social media site wants its users to share undesired and excessive content; it is also a form of spam that works well for spammers and is not useful for brands and legitimate organizations. In fact, a lot of irrelevant posts are reported to Facebook, and a lot of pages and profiles are shut down for sharing the undesired stuff every second. It is a click-baiting act that should be gotten rid of as early as possible.

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