It seems that no matter what is going on in the world, there are always people who want to take advantage of others. Many of these people are associated with different scams online, including on Facebook. There are several different types of scams on Facebook, and there are ways to spot them. The best protection you can have from these scams is knowing the facts about them.
One major scam that has been going around is the friend who is stuck in a foreign country. With this particular scheme, unsuspecting victims receive a message from a “friend” who says they are out of town, and were robbed. They will explain to you that the thieves took everything they had, money, phone, passport, and then ask you to help them get back home. If you do get a message from a friend and you are legitimately worried about them, do some fact checking with their friends or family members to find out if they received similar messages. More than likely though, their Facebook account has been hacked and is now a way for thieves to take money from unsuspecting users. Whatever you do, do not send them money or give them information for wiring money. You can also report these messages to Facebook.
Another scam claims to let you find out who has been looking at your profile. In this situation, you get a message telling you that you can find out who has viewed your profile and who has blocked you from theirs. These are clearly scams and a way for them to access your facebook information. The message normally includes a link to an app or site that will show you who has viewed your profile. However, if you click on the link you are taken to a page that asks you to log-in or to give permission for the app to access your Facebook information. Of course, filling out the login form or giving it access leads to the “stuck in a foreign country” scam, or downloads malware and viruses.
While a lot of these schemes actually occur on Facebook, some of them are emails posing as Facebook. Emails that say someone has changed your password or you need to update your privacy settings normally are not from Facebook. The email address that sent the email may look like it’s from Facebook, but it is actually from a fake address. If you receive an email similar to this or that requires you to log-in and change your settings, check the “from” address. A legitimate email from Facebook will come from Facebook.com, whereas a fake one may come from facemail.com. If you get one of these emails, don’t click on any links in the email, and report it to Facebook.
Wall posts that claim to have “shocking”, “sexy”, or “unbelievable” videos and pictures of celebrities are spam. These posts will have a video for you to click on to watch. The link then takes you to another page requiring you to like and share it before you can see it, which you don’t ever get to. A similar scam is “win a free…” which also require you to like a page, share it or give some personal information to receive your free gift. The best way to get around falling victim to these schemes is by simply not clicking on any unknown links.
Just as some ads on webpages are spam, so are some that are on Facebook. These ads take you to sites that are meant to take your personal information, or even install viruses on your computers. Be careful about clicking on different Facebook App ads as well, some of these may also lead to fake websites or log-in pages that can steal your identity or install viruses. It’s possible for even new computers and new ultrabooks are susceptible to viruses when you click on these ads. In order to avoid getting a virus, the best option is to not click on these ads.
Being aware of these scams can help protect your personal information and your computer from scammers. You can also get added protecting by installing some antivirus software onto your computer. If you have children and are worried about them falling victim to these scams, you can change your internet’s security settings and tell your kids about the scams as well. There are many types of scams online, not just on Facebook, but everywhere online. If you see something that seems fishy, it’s best to not click on it, or research it before you go any further. To see more of the scams on Facebook, you can go to Facecrooks.com. You can also report any scams, spams, or other violations to Facebook.