As we learned earlier with the ubiquitous “In response to the new Facebook guidelines” posts, Facebook users will share just about anything — especially if they’ve got a shot at $1 million. Recently, a Facebook user named Nolan Daniels posted a photo of himself with the $587.5 million-winning Powerball ticket, with the caption, “Looks like I won’t be going to work EVER!!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars!” More than 500,000 people have shared the photo. One problem, though: the ticket isn’t real.
Believing a gift card Facebook offer for Starbucks that seems too good to be true could land users in hot water. Dennis Yu, founder of BlitzLocal, tipped us off to this latest scam making the rounds on Facebook: offers from a shady page called Discounts (which appears to have been taken down already). Users who clicked on the offer for coupons from Starbucks and McDonald’s, among other brands, entered their email addresses, supposedly to receive loads of free goodies, but instead got hacked.
Washington State Attorney General Robert McKenna is joining Facebook’s legal department in combating a problem that up until now has been fought only with security technology.
Amazon.com doesn’t give away free gift cards on Facebook. Posts promising them were going up on the social network some 15 hours ago and in all likelihood the scheme may revive itself using a different address — whatever you do, don’t click on them.
As of this writing, Facebook’s vastly improved systems for blocking malware links have yet to pick up on this newest piece of spamware. Don’t click on it.
Yet another Miley Cyrus scam has surfaced on Facebook. Watch out for these posts, and whatever you do, don’t click on them.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has asked Facebook to provide information on how it detects and disables fraudulent accounts, after a state legislator complained that someone stole her identity to scam her friends.
James Dale Brown faces jail time for blackmailing a 14-year-old girl for pornography, using Facebook to contact her.
George Bronk confessed to stalking at least 172 women on Facebook, hacking into their email accounts to search for nude pictures to resend to the victim’s entire contact list.