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My Encounter with a Facebook Scammer

There are so many scammers around now, it is super scary. I hear about social media scammers taking over social media accounts and demanding money, especially on Instagram. Luckily my Instagram is safe and secure so no issues there. However, I had an interesting encounter with a scammer on Facebook yesterday.

It started off with the scammer sending me a message on my Facebook page offering me $1500 every week in advance. All he said I needed to do was to publish 2 articles on my Facebook page every week for $1,500. As soon as I read his messages, my alarm bells went off!

 

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First his approach was off! Brands hardly ever contact you first on social media, and if they do, that usually happens on Twitter, not Facebook. Message a blog is such an informal approach, so I am always cautious when I get messages on social media. Secondly, his grammar was all over the place and his Facebook profile didn’t match or refer to the website he was supposedly working for. Also, he mentioned he wasn’t trying to take over my Facebook page from the blues. I never accused him of that or even thought of it. All these made me super alert but the biggest giveaway was the amount he offered. No one ever offers $1,500 for 2 Facebook posts and opts to pay in advance. The offer was just too good to be true and you know what they say about offers like that.

I decided to play along with him and see where it goes. I accepted his offer and mentioned I took payment via Paypal. He was happy to pay via Paypal but first I needed to register on his Facebook page and that required me putting in my Facebook password. That was the end of our conversation. I declined and reported his profile and page to Facebook, while I was busy doing that, he quickly blocked me.

 

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It looks like the scammers are after bloggers with established social media platforms. I have heard quite a few similar stories in the last few weeks and some of the scammers were unfortunately. What they do is take over the social media account once you put in your password on a website they send to you, and then try to sell the platform and threaten to delete your entire page if you don’t pay up. It is so pathetic and scary but these scammers are out there so we all have to be vigilant.

The lesson here is simple, when a deal looks too good to be true, it is. Best to take your time and make sure it is legit. Also, don’t click or put in your social media passwords into any website you are not 100% sure about. If in doubt, don’t do it.

I hope my experience with this Facebook scammer helps others who may come across people like the idiot I came across yesterday. Keep your eyes open while you are online. Scammers are everywhere now.

Have a good one.

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How to Increase the Time People Spend Reading Your Blog Content

As a blogger it’s getting incredibly difficult to sustain the interest of our readers. People have short attention spans and with social media it’s getting even shorter. You may work hours trying to craft the best blog content but if the level of engagement on your content is low then that’s not time well spent.

 

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However there are ways you can sustain your readers’ attention when reading your blog and encourage them to engage with your blog content.  If you’re having trouble keeping your readers on your blog longer then here are some things you can do to increase the time people spend reading your blog content.

 

  1. Make it easy for your readers to spot the value you give

Since people’s attention span is short, you need to make sure that you put value upfront. Make your content easy for your readers to scan through your content and spot areas of value. When you do this you’ll encourage your readers to stop on valuable points and read further instead of keeping them lost in a sea of words.

Here are ways you can achieve this:

  • Break up your content using bullet points, subheadings, subtopics or takeaways.Let each section focus on a single idea. This makes it easy to scan through and if they come across a section they’d like to know more about then they’ll read more about that bullet point.
  • Make use of quotes or call outs.You can creatively use quotes or call outs to capture the attention of your readers and encourage your readers to dive deeper into your content.

 

  1. Incorporate imagery

If there’s anything that captures people’s attention it’s imagery. Readers relate with images a lot better especially when the images compliment the blog content. Images don’t only engage your readers, they also make your blog content colourful and more visually appealing. This makes your content so much easier to consume.

There are many ways you can add imagery to your blog content. Here are a few you can get started with:

  • Break your content up with relevant images that enhance your content.Try placing images that represent the idea behind each sub topic. That way you’re creating a picture in the mind of your readers of the message you want to pass across in your blog.
  • Insert infographics. Infographics present data in a creative, fun and engaging way which effectively sustains the attention of your readers.

 

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  1. Add videos

If there’s anything that can keep your readers longer on your blog, then it has to be videos. People love videos. Videos can add more context to your content. Although it’s so much better to insert your own videos, you can place videos from other sources on your blog so long as the videos you choose are relevant to the content of your blog post.

Here are some types of videos you can incorporate in your blog post:

  • Instructional videos.These are ‘how-to’ videos which teach your readers something related to your content. Instead of going into detail about how a particular thing is done, you can insert a helpful video which does just that for you.
  • Complementary videos.These are videos which focus on enhancing your content like videos that give examples or summarizes the content in your blog post.

 

 

And remember to enjoy your blogging journey. It is a journey into the unknown.

 

 

Outfit Post – Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Hey fashion lovers! How are you? I am good. It has been a very busy time for me. The month of June is pretty much over. It has gone by so fast. I can’t believe it is July next week. The weather has also been great and we have been making the most of the sunshine as you can see in this outfit post. The amazing sunshine is making me shine bright like a diamond that I am in these photos.

 

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I am rocking my natural hair for the first time in an outfit post and I am so proud of  how far I have come.My natural hair journey started abut 2 years ago. It has been tough, and sometimes, I am tempted to straightened the hair with some chemicals. But then I remember why I started growing my hair natural, and that stops me.

My hair is still at the stage of me not really knowing how to style it. Which is why it is usually in cornrows. But for the next weeks, I am going to be experimenting with various natural hair styles and treatments to see what works best for my hair.

 

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I have recently started using some new hair care products and techniques which I will be sharing on Fashion and Style Police in the next few weeks. It would be exciting to see how these treatments transform my natural hair.

In this outfit post, I am wearing existing pieces from my wardrobe. Even though I love fashion and I enjoy writing about it and showing various styles, I don’t shop very often. But when I do shop, I like to go for quality pieces that would last longer and stand the test of time.

 

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What do you think of this casual look? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a smashing day!

 

WHAT I WORE

Shirt – Tommy Hilfiger

Molly Jeans – River Island

Sandals – NEXT

Bag – Michael Kors

Sunglasses – Marc Jacobs

Headband – BOOTS

Bracelet –  Fitbit Charge 2

Earrings – Dubai Gold Souk

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