Attention, Facebook users: If you really want to own a Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, you’ll have to buy one from a dealer, like everyone else. Facebook pages claiming that they are giving away the automobiles to users who enter contests by liking the pages, liking and sharing promotional posts, and choosing the colors of their cars in comments are scams, according to Hoax-Slayer.
Baby products from Johnson & Johnson might be staples in several households, but sadly, the pharmaceutical giant is not giving away free baby relief kits on Facebook. As Hoax-Slayer pointed out, posts of this sort are a scam aimed at baiting Facebook users into participating in surveys.
Facebook page administrators, beware: While the social network does have verified pages, do not respond to notifications from a page called Verified Page that request permission to take ownership of your pages.
There is nothing funny about fake Facebook videos proclaiming the death of actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, who was involved in a fatal automobile accident earlier this month. Morgan is alive and well, not to mention reportedly improving. The diagnosis may be different for Facebook users who click on the scam videos.
It’s good to see that scammers on Facebook have diverse musical tastes: Following the report of a scam promising free Rolling Stones tickets earlier this week, Sophos’ Naked Security blog also shared similar hoaxes involving One Direction and the Tomorrowland electronic music festival in Belgium.
Facebook offered some statistics about its bug bounty program in a note on its Protect the Graph page, saying that it received 14,763 submissions in 2013, up 246 percent from the previous year, and 687 of those submissions qualified for awards.
Part of being able to combat malware, phishing, and other online threats is gathering and consolidating as much data on those threats as possible, and Facebook took a major step forward on that front with its development of ThreatData.