⚠️ Be cautious of requests from people you don’t know
Ideally, you should only accept friend requests from people you know. However, if you
’re going to talk to someone you don’t know in person, always be cautious. Never give someone you don’t know any information or money.
⚠️ Hide your location
On Snapchat, be wary of sharing your location with everyone. Instead, customize your map settings to ensure that only the people you choose can view your location.
You can also use Ghost Mode to further protect your location.
⚠️ Check their Snap score and Snap map
A user’s Snap score will show how active they are on the app. If someone claims to be a celebrity, for example, but has a low Snap score, it could be a scam.
Here’s where you’ll see a Snap score on someone’s profile:
Fig 5. Example of a Snapchat account with a high Snap score.
You can also check their Snap map to see if their real-time location matches what they say in their profile or what they tell you.
⚠️ Never follow links from someone you don’t know
It’s relatively easy for fraudsters to make links look like they’re legit to scam people into following them.
Never follow a link from someone you don’t know, as it could lead you to a website where malware is downloaded onto your phone or tablet.
The link could also lead you to a website that looks like the real thing, but is really a scam to get your personal information.
For this reason, never follow links unless you’re sure about them.
Wrapping Up: Staying Safe on Snapchat
In this era of rapidly evolving social media, Snapchat stands out for its unique features, but these same features can make it a breeding ground for scams. From phishing attempts and romance scams to fake contests and investment schemes, Snapchat users must remain vigilant. We’ve explored the dark side of disappearing messages and the potential dangers lurking behind anonymous profiles.
Be Alert: Always be skeptical of unsolicited requests for personal information, money, or login credentials.
Take Action: If you suspect you’ve been scammed, immediately contact Snapchat Support and consider reporting the incident to the FTC.
Enhance Security: Use tools like two-factor authentication and mobile security apps to protect your account and device.
Educate Yourself: Recognize the signs of common scams such as phishing, romance fraud, and fake product promotions.
Trust Your Instincts: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Trust your gut feeling and take precautionary measures.
Remember, the best defense against scams is awareness and proactive security measures. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy Snapchat’s unique platform while safeguarding your personal information and well-being. Stay informed, stay cautious, and let’s make Snapchat a safer place for everyone.