You see a post offering a $200 Nike gift card, so you share it (as requested) because “it can’t hurt to try!” Well, it may not “hurt,” but at the least, it’s super annoying to see these pop up all the time (they’re obviously not real, come on) — and at the worst, they actually do hurt, spreading malware to your own and your equally gullible friends’ computers. It’s time to stop this madness, folks. Sit on your hands until the urge to share these things passes if you have to.
Facebook launched its Bullying Prevention Hub for U.S. users last November, aimed at stamping out bullying on the social network, and the compilation of resources is now available to users in the U.K. and the rest of Europe, according to Sophos’ Naked Security blog.
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.
Fear not, Facebook users: Starting March 20, you are still more than welcome to discuss religion or use profanity to your heart’s content, although you may want to be careful about the second if you’re looking for a job or have younger users on your friends lists.
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.
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.
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.
A “red alert” has gone viral on Facebook, warning of “the worst virus announced by CNN,” which burns users’ hard drives, but no such virus exists, and the red alert is a hoax, according to Sophos’ Naked Security blog.