Got a Facebook account? Sure you do, if you haven’t then maybe its time to sign up. Its FREE! But be weary, there are some scams doing its rounds on this popular social platform well. Today we will chat about some of the most common Facebook scams around and how they can cause some trouble.
It was on the 4th February 2014, that Facebook was launched. It became an instant success and managed to gain more than 50million users within its first year, becoming the most popular media site.
It therefore comes as no surprise that scammers would try their luck and try to “bait” users. Researchers have actually estimated that around 850 000 scams have been reported regarding this platform and this number is growing.
Let’s get cracking with some of the Facebook scams….
Your Profile Has Been Hijacked
I am sure that at one time or another, you have seen the ads doing the rounds, claiming that you can actually see who has viewed your profile.
Well guess what?
There is NO way at all that this can be done.
According to Graham Cluley, who is a cybercrime expert and blogger, there is no way that you as a user are able to track who has really checked out your facebook profile.
This is actually a ploy to hijack your profile. How?
It’s really simple. When these ads are displayed, and someone clicks on them it leads him to a page where malicious software is downloaded onto your account,giving them access to one’s face book account.
This allows them to pose as you and request friends to join and so the cycle repeats itself.
What else can a scammer do with a hijacked Face Book account?
Well, they can create a scenario whereby you are in trouble. Your friends or family viewing this would naturally become very worried and feel the need to help. This is where the scammers get crafty and start asking for money posing a picture that you are in some kind of financial crisis. Here is a true account of a scenario that took place, Click Here to Read the Full Story
Thinking of Upgrading your Facebook Profile
There is a scam that is going around that claims that there is an app or program that can change the color of your Facebook from its original blue to one of your preferences. Or you could get a “dislike” button placed on your FB profile.
Once you sign in to their page, your account is hacked into, and this can be yet another way whereby malicious software can be placed onto your account. You could even end up, paying some hefty bills, monthly, thereafter.
According to USA TODAY, no such program or app actually exists that allows one to change the way people may view your facebook page.
This will only lead you into signing up for “unwanted ” SMS subscriptions which can become an ongoing headache!
As you would have come to know by now, there are lots of ads of FREE giveaways, from devices such as “factory sealed,” iPads, cell phones, to Disney related prizes or even a luxury vehicle.
Whilst it would be nice to be the recipient of one of these giveaways, first ask yourself, “Why would someone give you something for nothing?”
Sometimes the scammers may get a little creative and use a picture of Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg himself, announcing that you are the winner of the prize.
Two things can happen here by clicking on the ads
- You will be lead to complete further “special” or “rewards” bonus offers which inevitably may cost you some money, to so call, qualify. They may also request an advanced fee for you to claim your reward(which never ever comes!), or
- Your name will be added onto the scammers followers list which he or she may sell for spamming or other marketing agendas.
Fake Viral Videos on Facebook
There are tons of videos that stand out from the norm when viewing posts on Facebook pages
These may include
- Explicit videos
- “shocking” celebrity tapes
- Extreme Religious Videos
- Videos of women getting beaten up,
Clicking of these links will prompt the user to upgrade their video player. Whilst one decides to do this, he or she unknowingly may be downloading malware or spyware onto their device.
I have chatted about Fake Tech Support scams previously, whereby the scammers call to inform you that your computer is at risk, whilst there may NOT be anything wrong in the first place!
In a panic, you believe them, thinking that they are from a reputable organisation and before you know it you are a victim of a phishing or malware scam.
Same story here with Facebook, however there have been reports of people falling victims by bogus e-mails sent to them from the “official Facebook” guys.
Some tips on what to watch OUT for in these scam emails,
- Check that the e-mail is addressed to you and not as “Sir” or “Madam.” Also make sure that the sender is from facebook, officially it would read something to the effect of “firstname.lastname@example.org.” and NOT a private addressee.
2. The e-mail should NOT be blank. Just having a warning within the subject line is not enough. The e-mail should have some content.
3. There should be NO grammatical errors.
4. The link should read,” https:// www.facebook.com”
How do I Avoid some of these common Facebook Scams?
Recently, a friend of mine posted something on his Facebook page and I would like to share it with you. When its a post from one of your friends its hard to classify it as a hoax, as the content seems so true. However, this is indeed a hoax. This is spreading news from one friend to the next with a message that is simply not true.
The only way we can control this and other FB scams is to take control over your own Privacy setting and Manage the privacy of the posts.
Be Vigilant, and don’t let your emotions creep in when you see ads for FREE Supermarket vouchers and Giveaways. Sometimes you may think that there is no harm in completing the advertised Surveys or Quizzes, but it could be THE one to extract your username and password. Always verify the information and double check with other sites before going ahead.
Hope that this article regarding some of the most common Facebook scams has helped you. Do keep safe when facebooking and Have Fun!!
Speaking of FUN, I would like to leave you with some amazing and interesting facts about Facebook. Enjoy
- There are more than 600 000 hacking attempts of Facebook profiles taking place on a Daily basis
- More than 900 Million hours a day are spent just playing games on this social network
- It is estimated that the average user checks his phone up to 14 Times a day!
- 64% of Facebook users visit the site on a daily basis
Thanks Folks for Your Time. You ALL have been super wonderful! Any comments, views or thoughts, just use the comment box and I will get back to you.
All the best.