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?
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.
Last week, sister site Inside Facebook posted an article about the number of businesses that are still running illegal contests on Facebook. The writer pointed out that a shocking number of page owners don’t know the most basic rule: You can’t post a message on your wall and call it a contest. Nor can you make liking your page an automatic entry to a contest. You can, however, require that people who want to enter your contest like your page or check in at your business in order to gain access to your contest application.
As scams, malware, phishing, and other security dangers continue to thrive on Facebook, one way for users to protect themselves is actually quite simple: Examine the URLs of the pages you are taken to. After all, the name of the social network is “Facebook,” not “Faceboourk.”
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.
No matter how bored you may have become with Facebook’s blue color scheme, do not fall for messages and images that promise to turn your Facebook profile black, or other colors: A blue Facebook is still better than falling victim to a hijacked account or a survey scam.