There are many internet scams but social sites and e mail scams seem to top the lot
If you have been on social sites like Facebook and twitter for any length of time, then you know full well how scam and spam laden the site can be. Scammers
love crowds, and there isn’t one bigger than Facebook.
Some of these scams are phishing
schemes trying to obtain your username and password, while others end
in surveys or other bogus offers. Several have been known to spread
viruses and other malware, so it’s important to keep anti-virus software
installed and updated.
Here is a list of the top ten scams found on social sights and doing the rounds in e mails.
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- Profile Viewers and Profile Blockers - These scams promise to show you who has been looking
at your profile or who has blocked you from theirs. NONE of these apps
work. Facebook doesn’t give the developers access to the data required
to create them.
- Free iPads & iPhones – Don’t be fooled by messages stating you can test and keep an iPad, iPhone etc. These are all marketing gimmicks.
- Free Facebook Credits – This scam is targeted for
the gamers on Facebook. Credits are used to purchase items in Farmville,
Cityville, etc. Credits cost real money and you aren’t going to receive
a large sum of them for free.
- Free Items, Gift Cards & Tickets – If it sounds
too good to be true, then you can be sure that it is on Facebook! You
aren’t going to get free airline tickets, Subway or Starbucks gift cards
or a Facebook hoodie just by completing a survey.
- Breaking News Stories – Anytime a major news story breaks, keep your guard up. Scammers love to trick unsuspecting users with promises of “exclusive coverage.”
- Phishing Attempts to Steal Your Login Info – If a scammer
can get your login credentials, then they can wreak all sorts of havoc
before you reclaim your account. Messages pretending to be from Facebook
Security is a popular way they trick users.
- New or Extra Facebook Features - Dislike , apps to change your Facebook color or see who unfriended you are just a few examples of these scams. While there are legitimate browser extensions that can offer these features, scammers often
insert adware or malware into the plugins. We recommend that you only
install apps and extensions from trusted, well-known developers.
- Shocking & Sexy Headlines – Anything that
starts out with “OMG” or “Shocking” is best left alone on Facebook. They
lure in victims with outlandish, steamy or perverted messages. These
usually end in a survey scam and a video that doesn’t play.
- Fake Celebrity Stories – Facebook is not the place to receive your celebrity news and gossip! Scammers use fake deaths and other sensational stories to entice users. These often spread very fast, because users share the posts before verifying the story.
- “Help I’m Stranded and Need Money” –
If you get a message from a friend stating that they are stranded in
London or some other exotic locale, don’t rush down to Western Union to
send them cash. They have likely had their Facebook account hi-jacked by scammers.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but certainly gives you a good start on what to look out for. If you come across any other goodconvincing scams send us a message and we will get it out there quick and keep you and your friends a little bit safer,
These scams can spread Wall to Wall between users by click-jacking and like-jacking attacks, rogue applications and Fake Events, etc. Scammers
will exploit any method they can, and sometimes can be quite creative.
common end game is a survey scam, but others are more malicious in
their intent. Many users have received trojans, viruses and other malware infestations by falling victim to scams on Facebook.