It’s not quite Throwback Thursday, but a throwback Facebook scam is back for another go-around, as Sophos’ Naked Security blog reported that the “girl killed herself video” bait-and-switch scam is worming its way around the social network for the fifth consecutive year.
The Ides of March may not have been kind to Julius Caesar, but contrary to what seems to be an annual hoax on Facebook, the social network is not shutting down March 15 due to overpopulation.
On this last day of 2013, AllFacebook compiled a list of our 10 top posts for the year in terms of page views, and the list turned out to be quite diverse.
Customers of grocery chain Kroger who planned to use the $250 gift cards they received through posts on Facebook to stock up for Christmas dinner may want to make alternate plans, as WAFF of Huntsville, Ala., reported that the promotion is actually a scam.
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.
Facebook page administrators, beware: There is no such thing as a “Fan Page Verification Program,” and following the instructions in the messages that claim to originate from Facebook Security will lead to login details being compromised as part of a phishing scheme.