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The 5 most common scams on TikTok

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TikTok logo. (photo: Cocktail Marketing)

TikTok has already become one of the social networks most used, especially by the new generations. However, they are its those who are always exposed to cyber attacks as they tend to trust online users and some of the cyber attackers take advantage of this to scam them.

On the official blog of ESET, cybersecurity specialists, it is explained that TikTok has become one of the preferred platforms to launch computer scams: “In an app where users log in minute by minute, scams can easily catch people off guard and cause them to lose money or their own account.”

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The main cyber scams that lead on TikTok, according to the software company specialized in cybersecurity, are five:

1. Cryptocurrencies

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In a short time, virtual money has risen and plummeted many times, generating a lot of virality around it. All these scams are on TikTok, just like scams cryptographic that have reached other apps like Youtube.

Cryptocurrency scams on TikTok. (photo: The voice of Chile)
Cryptocurrency scams on TikTok. (photo: The voice of Chile)

2.Phishing

A email or SMS A TikTok phishing message is a message that appears randomly like a normal message, but hoping to land in a TikToker’s inbox. They can try to provide a verified badge, more followers or even a referral.

When the target clicks on the link in the message, the victim is redirected to a website that requires TikTok credentials.

If you have not enabled two-factor authentication (2FA), Once this data is distributed, cybercriminals will gain control of the account and can even ban users, or the account owner himself.

3. Bot accounts

Unfortunately, TikTok is still riddled with accounts bot that intelligently interact with users in ways that make them think they are chatting with a real person.

These bots may ask victims for sensitive information or even suggest that they be redirected to a website that is actually a phishing site trying to steal information or install malware on the phone.

4. Fake celebrities

Some accounts may try to impersonate real celebrities. This is usually done by simply copying the content of a famous person’s account.

This is an attempt to get as many followers as possible and before they are detected and reported, they may use the platform to promote other scams such as investment scams in cryptocurrencies.

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Live of celebrities on TikTok that are fake. (photo: Tenable)
Live of celebrities on TikTok that are fake. (photo: Tenable)

5. Fake apps

Fake TikTok accounts sometimes advertise downloadable apps. The problem is that these applications are not real either. Some accounts claim that some paid apps can be downloaded for free from some third-party app stores.

However, in an attempt to steal the information. These apps will install malware either adware in the device.

How to prevent a person from knowing that their profile on TikTok has been reviewed

1. Access TikTok and go to the section of the Profile.

2. Then press on the eye icon that appears at the top of the screen.

3 Once inside the views section of the TikTok profile, click on the gear icon that appears at the top.

4. Finally, deactivate the option called ‘Profile view history’.

Steps to turn off TikTok views. (photo: TikTok/Jose Arana)
Steps to turn off TikTok views. (photo: TikTok/Jose Arana)

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