“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Wise words we should all keep in mind, especially in today’s fast-paced, high-tech social-networking world.  If you take the bait, you are just a few clicks from revealing personal information that may inundate your inbox with spam, or worse even compromise your identity.

If you are a Facebooker (is that even a word?), you have likely seen this one: “OMG. Now you really can see who views your Facebook profile” or “I am on vacation and have lost my passport, can you wire me some money?”  One curious click propels you to bait pages, weird videos or endless surveys.   While some threats just eat up computer space or transmit viruses, others will lure you deeper until you reveal personal information that can be used to steal your identity.

Protect yourself!  Look at e-mail & Facebook posts with a critical eye.  Just because something comes from someone you know does NOT mean it is safe.  If you didn’t initiate it or don’t know why you got it, don’t open it; don’t click on it; and please don’t forward it!  NEVER give detailed personal information online.

Don’t let the informality of social networking sites lure you into a comfort level you shouldn’t have -- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably still is!