There are lots of scams going around on Facebook right now, and we bet you’ve either fallen for one or someone you know has. How would you know? The scam “outs” the poor soul in the most obvious way possible, by convincing him or her to post it on their own wall (and spread the scam further). And that’s just one of the methods circulating right now. We’ll explain and tell you what to watch out for and hopefully prevent your account from being compromised.
Facebook filed a complaint last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against New Jersey man Christopher Peter Tarquini, whom the social network accused of being a “recidivist” spammer behind messages that claim to direct users to pornographic images and videos of celebrities, including a fake sex tape featuring Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, Sophos’ Naked Security blog reported.
More than 70,000 Facebook users fell victim to a scam that promised users the ability to generate five to 5,000 free Facebook Credits, despite the fact that the social network stopped using Facebook Credits Sept. 12, but Bitdefender’s HOTforSecurity blog reported that the fraudulent message were blacklisted by Bitdefender’s free Safego application Friday.
The false promise of being able to see who viewed users’ Facebook profiles is once again being used as bait on a phishing trip, as security firm Symantec reported in a blog post that this particular scam was designed to loosely resemble Facebook’s login page, but unsuspecting Web surfers will fall victim to the Infostealer strain of malware.
Spam has been an issue for as long as email has existed, and a new report by social media security and compliance company Nexgate sheds light on just how prominent spam has become within Facebook and other social networks, saying that social spam exploded by 355 percent during the first half of 2013, and sharing some particularly alarming statistics regarding Facebook.
Another case of malware via video is rapidly spreading via Facebook to Google Chrome users, at the rate of about 40,000 per hour, Italian security researcher Carlo De Micheli told The New York Times’ Bits blog.
This past Tuesday, several Facebook applications were erroneously disabled, as were many developer accounts. Facebook explained what happened Thursday, saying that it was too aggressive with its identification of a pattern that identified malicious apps, and that legitimate apps and developers were mistakenly caught in the dragnet.
Earlier this month, antivirus company McAfee claimed that reports of virus Koobface, which hijacks Facebook accounts and in many cases deletes them, were on the rise. McAfee did an about-face recently, saying that the high counts of Koobface were erroneous.
Scams are all over Facebook. There are stories telling users that Facebook will end on a certain date, miracle diet pills, celebrity sex tapes, and other shady posts. With a little vigilance, though, users can make sure that they’re not continuing the chain. Miranda Perry, staff writer for Scambook, spoke with AllFacebook about ways that people can make sure that they’re not giving away information to scammers or spamming their friends’ News Feeds with malicious links.