How phony Facebook pages lead to fake friends, and scams

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TOPEKA (WIBW) -- Watch our interview with David King, and look over these 5 tips to deal with online spam:

Facebook logo, Photo Date: April 17, 2017 / Cropped Photo: Anthony Quintano / CC BY 2.0 / (MGN)

1. Report the fake account. Facebook, Twitter, etc all have ways of reporting a fake account. They actually will delete those accounts, and watch for unusual activity.
2. Tell your friend they are sending spam. Sometimes, someone you know will inadvertently click a link, which will then send spammy messages to their Friend lists. Let the friend know they are sending out spam. They will probably need to change their password.
3. Don't click that email link! If you get an email from a company that you aren't expecting, don't click the link. Instead, go to the company's website, to your account, etc and see if you have any messages there.
4. Just call. When all else fails, you can pick up the phone and call the company (i.e., your bank), explain the email, and ask for more information.
5. Change your password. You should use a separate unique, complex password for each of your online accounts (not the same password for everything). If you think you have been hacked, start by changing your password.

Hope this will help!