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How to Spot a Scam: From Social Media to SEO Scams


Don't get scammed graphic from LiveFive's Hot to Spot a Scam: From Social Media to SEO Scams blog

“They claimed to be a Google expert. Everything seemed legit-- all I had to do was pay $300 and my website would always rank 1st for a keyword... until I reached out to LiveFive and learned it was part of a scamming tactic!”- LiveFive Web Design client


In the fast-paced world of web development and online marketing, awareness and vigilance against scams are crucial. At LiveFive Web Design, we're dedicated to creating stunning, secure websites and educating our clients about digital threats. Here’s a guide to common scams and how to spot them:


1. Phishing Attempts:

These scams use emails or messages that mimic legitimate companies to steal sensitive information. Tip: Always verify the source and be cautious with links and attachments.


2. Domain Name Scams:

Scammers may claim your domain is expiring or offer similar domains at high prices. Tip: Manage your domain through reputable registrars and verify renewal notices.


3. Social Media and SEO Scams:

Be wary of services promising unrealistic results, especially for your social media profile or SEO scams from someone claiming to be an SEO expert. Tip: Trust only reputable providers with transparent methods.


4. Invoice Scams:

Fake invoices for web services like hosting or domain renewal are common. Tip: Cross-check invoices with your records.


5. Website Copycat Scams:

Scammers create duplicates of your website to steal data. Tip: Regularly monitor the web for copies of your site.


6. Tech Support Scams:

Unsolicited calls or emails claiming to be tech support may lead to data theft. Tip: Never give remote access to your system to unknown callers.


7. Ransomware Attacks:

Malware that locks you out of your website or data. Tip: Ensure robust security measures and regular backups.


Scam Spotting Tips:

  • Question Urgency: Scammers often create a sense of urgency. Take your time to verify requests.

  • Look for Inconsistencies: Spelling errors, unusual sender addresses, and mismatched URLs are red flags.

  • Protect Your Information: Never share sensitive information unless you're sure of the recipient's authenticity.

  • Update Regularly: Keep your software and security measures up to date to fend off attacks.

Your Safety is Our Priority

At LiveFive Web Design, your online safety is our priority. We believe in empowering our clients with knowledge and tools to protect their digital presence. Share this post with your network to spread awareness and stay tuned for regular updates on the latest scams.

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