Stoking our fears over digital maladies keeps online security companies in business, which would explain why one vendor makes it sound like Facebook hasn’t been reining in clickjacking and survey scams.
While we’ve seen Facebook stopping these schemes before they spread as far as they used to, AVG has issued a report warning that users still need to watch out for clickjacking schemes.
These schemes appear in wall posts touting an application or a video about something timely or controversial.
Anyone who clicks on the links in these postings ends up distributing spam to all of their friends while getting lured to a malware-laden marketing survey that tries to capture the user’s personal information.
Sharing a cell phone number in any of these surveys could trigger monthly charges billed to that individual’s cellular account.
Some recent Facebook spam campaigns have included false promises like:
- Big baby born – - amazing effects
- Who is looking at your profile
- Girl caught stripping on webcam by her dad
- You won’t believe what this teacher did to his student
- A guy took a picture of his face every day for eight years
- Lily Allen shows her breasts on British television
The scams often cause Facebook users to unintentionally surrender personal information that’s on their profiles; if a cell number is listed there, that could lead to charges on that person’s mobile phone account.
AVG suggests in its “Community Powered Threat Report” that you can avoid being victimized by:
- If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Avoid titles or promotions that fit this description, even if they come from your friends on Facebook.
- Check the Facebook news feed to see if other friends are receiving the same links.
- Consider the source: Does this particular friend usually share content like videos?
- If authorization is required before viewing a video or completing a survey, carefully read what is being authorized.
- Examine cell-phone bills regularly for unusual charges.
- Make sure you have basic online protection (naturally, this is where the vendor plugs its AVG Free).
Readers: Have you been a victim of clipjacking, survey scams, or similar ploys?