Have you kept the first 5 common scams on Facebook that we talked about in our last post? If you need a little recap, check out 10 Common Facebook scams 2013 <Part 1>.
Ready? Now, let’s get into the next 5!
6. Phony message on Facebook
- Scammer from Facebook team: A phishing scam spotted by GFI Lab early this year. You will go through 5 pages of question for a security check after clicking on the link. Once the scammer has your information, it will start to spam your friends or use your identity and card information to purchase things you will never receive.
- Check out my new Camera: I’ve seen too many times that my friends try to show me their new shopping trophy through Facebook chat; while we all know the link of the pictures will not take you to their new camera or new clothes, but some spams or malware.
- I need your help (and money!): Your friend won’t ask for your help by just leaving a Facebook message, especially when s/he needs your financial support. A tip to keep in mind, they usually ask you to transfer money via Western Union or other uncommon financial institute. Be cautious!
7. Customize you Facebook: Apps to find out who unfriend you, to change your Facebook color or getting “Dislike” button are just a few tricks of the scammers. Scammers usually insert adware, malware into the browser extension or plugins.
One of the most popular scam on Facebook early this year is the make-your-Facebook-red scam. After clicking the link and follow the steps of the Facebook Red post, you will notice that instead of your Facebook profile changing from blue to red; your antivirus software alarm turns red! Your computer system will be installed with malware and spyware. If unfortunately you’re one of the victims, try to follow the 3 steps to stop the hazard.
- Remove related post from your timeline, newsfeed and profile
- Change your Facebook password
- Use Roboscan or your internet security to scan and remove the malware.
A clickjacked page tricks web users to click on something that is different from their expectation or allure users to copy and paste some short code into their browser with some too-good-to-be-true offer or links that you will be curious about. It usually seems to be harmless to web users, but after they click it, their confidential information may be revealed or their computer will be taken controlled by hackers. Remember the video of bin Laden spread like wildfire on the internet after his death? Perfect example of clickjacking!
9. False privacy setting
10. The Koobface Worm
Koobface was a multi-platform computer worm that originally spread across social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Skype or MySpace. In later version, it improves their protection and start to infect Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X even Linux. Koobface spreads out posts containing links that purport to be an update of Adobe Flash player. However, if you download and execute the file, Koobface will infect your computer, hijack your Facebook profile.
There are more spams out there across different social media platforms waiting for you to fall into. Roboscan or any other internet security software can alert you and help you to remove the malware infection. However, your internet security rests in your own hands. Think twice before clicking any suspicious link to prevent the malware infections and to protect your internet privacy. Share this helpful information to help your friends to stay alert when surfing on social media!
If you noticed other spams on Facebook, please do share with us and also report to Facebook security. Let’s create a safe internet environment!