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.
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.
A “red alert” has gone viral on Facebook, warning of “the worst virus announced by CNN,” which burns users’ hard drives, but no such virus exists, and the red alert is a hoax, according to Sophos’ Naked Security blog.
It has been well-documented that Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates will lend his time and money to worthy causes, but sharing a photo of Gates does not constitute a worthy cause, and doing so will not bring $5,000 to Facebook users.
The latest sex-tape hoax to flood Facebook uses Rihanna as bait, but the Facebook Security team is already on the job, blocking the links contained in the hoax messages, which were reported as malicious.
Facebook users, repeat after us: “30 days hath September, April, June, and November. All the rest have 31, excepting February alone, and that has 28 days clear, and 29 in each leap year.” Keep that traditional limerick in mind if you receive a message on the social network saying that Facebook will be closed for maintenance from Feb. 29 through 31.
Facebook last week quietly reintroduced its tag suggest feature, which uses facial-recognition technology to assist users in tagging their friends in photos. So, what can users do in order to avoid being tagged in photos that they do not wish to be tagged in?
Warnings about a Facebook application called My Birthday Calendar have gone viral on the social network, but it turns out that the app is no more or less harmful than many other Facebook apps.
Another hoax has gone viral on Facebook, this one claiming that the social network will donate $0.45 for every user who shares a message about a 14-year-old boy who was shot six times by his stepfather.