Facebook says it had 665 million active users each day on average in March, 2013, up 26 percent from a year earlier, and 751 million using Facebook from a mobile device each month, up 54 percent. By this number it tells that Facebook is very active social media website, we are clear that not only Facebook does the social network provide exceptional opportunities for people to connect and share information; it also serves as a great place for scammers. scammers on Facebook will hide behind special offers, exclusive content or new apps in order to steal your username and passwords or to spread viruses and other malware.
With increased number of scams that that circulate on Facebook, some sources on the internet has named Facebook an alternative name as “Scambook”! Well i consider this as a joke! Most of Facebook scams are harmless but many others can get you into big troubles. Scams were happening long before the Internet; Awkwardly the Internet has made things NOT AS GOOD AS BEFORE!
Here are Top 5 Facebook Scams You Need To Know!
SCAM 1. Free giveaways
Free giveaways is the most common scam that most of my friends on facebook are falling into. With this scam you will see everything from gift cards to free tablets, laptops and smartphones. We know that everybody like free staffs?
How to spot them: You will see this type of scam will ask you to give”company” your information. Or they will direct you to a link either to fill your information or ask you to download and install a program to your PC.
Their trick here is to let you expose your information or download malicious programs or scripts onto their computers.
You should be aware that some companies will give away free gift staffs through Facebook but mostly will do that through their official Facebook page.
SCAM 2 – Like Farming and Share Scams (Shocking Headlines and Fake Stories – Hoax)
Like Farming and Share Scams is when a fake Facebook page is set up by scammers with the purpose of artificially accumulating likes and share. This happen in a way that more likes can be used to distribute additional Facebook scams, or sell the page on the black market for a profit.
Like farming and share scams usually goes together; scammers often use sensational news or false stories with a headline including words like “shocking” Be aware that, to date, Facebook has never donated funds to any cause based on the number of likes, comments or shares a post receives. Scammers knew that users will like and share stories sometimes without verifying any particular news in any way. It’s also good to know that sensational news stories or false headlines are used to boost likes and shares on particular posts.
Example Like and Share Scam:
Circulating Facebook message claims that, every time a user likes, comments on or shares the message, “all Facebook companies” will donate 20 cents to help a 9-year-old girl severely injured in an attack.
When you come across these type of Shocking Headlines and Fake Stories on Facebook ignore them and tell your friends that they are scams, do not like or share them you are just wasting your time and making the bad guys make dirty cash.
SCAM 3. Viral videos
Viral videos is another common scam over Facebook now days, they are very exciting and tempting to click. I have noticed that many supposedly scandalous celebrity “videos” posted on Facebook aren’t videos at all. You will notice that when you click to watch you will be asked either to update your video player first or to download something to use it instead of normal video players. Badluck the program you have just downloaded is typical virus or other malicious programs that will automatically share the scam with all of your friends.
SCAM 4. Who viewed your profile?
No matter how many times Facebook says it isn’t possible to release such information, people still want to believe it is. This is because knowing how many people viewed your profile play on people’s Interests. Since Facebook does not provide these data to Facebook app developers; it’s impossible for anything like that app to exist without the data that’s necessary to create these kinds of apps.
Never click on any post that claim to show you how many people viewed your profile, if you did that before do clean up the apps that are already linked to your Facebook profile on your Facebook settings page.
SCAM 4. Free Items and Gift Cards:
Never be fooled friend, don’t expect to get anything for free just by completing a survey from a Facebook app. When you come across such apls just ignore and tell your friends to do the same, do not share or like them!
These are the most popular scams on Facebook, If you want to keep track of every scam happening on Facebook, there is a website called Facecrooks is updated with scams everytime they break. You can keep an eye on it.
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