University of Guam Warns of Fraudulent Social Media Ads Impersonating UOG

The University of Guam warns of social media scams impersonating its accounts, offering fake free courses. Public urged to report suspicious ads to combat identity theft and fraud.

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University of Guam Warns of Fraudulent Social Media Ads Impersonating UOG

University of Guam Warns of Fraudulent Social Media Ads Impersonating UOG

The University of Guam is alerting the public about fraudulent social media advertisements and posts that are impersonating the university's official Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The ads, which originated from an account called 'Latest news01', falsely claim to offer free courses at UOG and may be attempts to defraud users or steal their personal information.

UOG has taken action by sending a cease-and-desist letter to the fraudulent account and reporting the ads to Facebook and Instagram. However, the ads are still circulating on social media. "The University of Guam advises the public to closely examine the account names and sources of any links, and not to click on them or provide any personal information if they are not from official UOG channels," the university stated in a press release.

The public is encouraged to report any suspicious ads or posts about UOG to Facebook, Instagram, or directly to the university via direct message on its official Facebook page. "The public is asked to report any suspicious ads and posts about the university to UOG's official Facebook page," the press release added.

Why this matters: Fraudulent social media ads and impersonation of trusted institutions are growing problems that can lead to identity theft, financial fraud, and erosion of public trust. Increased vigilance and reporting of suspicious online activity by the public can help combat these threats.

The University of Guam reiterated that the only legitimate source for information about course offerings and programs is the university's official website and verified social media accounts. UOG officials said they will continue monitoring for fraudulent activity impersonating the university and work with social media platforms to have fake ads and accounts removed promptly.

Key Takeaways

  • UOG warns of fraudulent social media ads impersonating its accounts.
  • Ads falsely offer free online courses, may steal personal info.
  • UOG sent cease-and-desist, reported ads to social media platforms.
  • Public urged to verify accounts, not click suspicious links/ads.
  • Fraudulent ads erode public trust, enable identity/financial theft.