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.
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.
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.
No, I didn’t receive an email from Princess Zuckerberg asking me to save her family fortune from the hands of the rebel forces. This is not the typical Nigerian 419 scam. In this version, Facebook is unknowingly misleading its advertisers about its vaunted targeting abilities. If you buy ads targeting the U.S., it is now very likely that you are getting traffic from Nigeria and other parts of Africa, as well.
You must be at least 13 years old to join Facebook, but many kids bypass that rule, often with help from their parents. That may not be the best idea, according to blog Babysitting Jobs, which offered 10 reasons why parents should not let their preteen offspring have accounts on the social network.
HOAXES: Liking Facebook Pages Will Not Yield Ipad Minis, Beats Electronics Headphones, GHD Hair Straighteners
OK, folks, let’s try this again: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Now, keeping that in mind, will liking a Facebook page result in a free iPad Mini, a free pair of high-end headphones from Beats Electronics, or a free hair straightener from GHD?