Posted by : Amber Marfatia

We would never want to participate in survey, share our sensitive information or allow someone to
use our wall and post on our behalf without our consensus.....isn't this so obvious? But then are many scams running out which are so UN-obviously UN-suspicious that most of us fall into their ploy!

In this post I plan to cover only Facebook since it happens to be one of the most popular social platform and favorite for scammers....





The 419 scam
Scammers hack into Facebook accounts and pretend to be traveling and stranded somewhere without any money. The ruse, called a 419 scam, usually begins an IM on Facebook to someone in the
victim’s network pleading for help. The scammer claims to have been robbed or hit with another such tragedy, leaving them without any cash or credit cards. They typically ask the target to wire them money for a return ticket home and promise to pay them back upon return.  

See who viewed your profile!

This scam has been making the rounds on Facebook for years and plays to the user's ego and desire for information about who is checking out their Facebook page.
But the scam usually asks you to allow an application to access your profile, which then typically leads to a fraudulent survey which earns a commission for the spammer. Not only will you be left still wanting to know who is visiting your profile, you've also just shared your information with the shady character who developed the fake application.


The scam creators cleverly import the profile pictures of the user’s Facebook friends to make the scam appear more legitimate.

Dad walks in on daughter …. Embarrassing!

Another example of clickjacking, this scam also promises you something you will likely never actually get. This scam promises a controversial video, but instead ends up leading the Facebook user to an online survey to earn a commission for the spammer.

These kind of scams usually target age group which are in the range of 18 to 30 since its easier to attract curiosity from them and put up a controversial or some actress's video that calls for a click on it.

Get a Starbucks gift card!
A free gift card sounds great, except that it will never actually arrive. This scam is a phishing attempt to get users to divulge personal information and even sign them up for expensive services. The gift-card scam takes on new forms each month but there is almost always one going on at any given time. Other common gift-card scams include fake offers from the Cheesecake Factory and Victoria’s Secret.

The ‘dislike’ button

Do Facebook members want a ‘dislike’ button to add to the feature of being able to ‘like’ a status
update or picture? Apparently, many do, because this scam continues to be a successful trick. The scam appears to allow the user to “enable dislike button.” But, instead, various versions of this trick have run an obfuscated Javascript on the user’s machine or even lead them to a survey scam. It also often spams itself out to other users’ walls.


Make thousands working from home!

These usually-bogus offers on Twitter direct the recipient of the tweet to an offer that charges for a “kit” that can help the person get started on making thousands “working right from the comfort of home.” Sounds too good to be true? It’s almost always is a scam. Any job that requires a fee for you to start is going to be fraudulent.

Bin Laden Death Video

Fake celebrity news is almost always a sure way to get clicks. The problem is those links are almost always a sure way to get your machine infected with malware or to find yourself involved in a phishing attempt. Other recent celebrity news hoaxes have included promises of Osama Bin Laden’s death video and claims that 90’s rapper Vanilla Ice had died or Micheal Jackson last moments!

Your account has been cancelled.

This scam tries to scare you into thinking your social media account has been
 
cancelled without your consent. But these emails, which appear to legitimately be coming from the supposed source, such as Facebook or LinkedIn, are actually a phishing attempt to get you to hand over your username and password.  Any time you want to verify any information about an account, go directly to the site. Do NOT trust a link that claims it will take you there.

These kind of phishing attempts are not new but since social media (like FB) exposes enormous audience even with low penetration rate, number of people falling in trap could be still substantial.


Confirm your email account

Like the previous account cancellation scam, this is also a phishing lure designed to capture your private information. Again, always go directly to a web site to change email information or passwords. Do not use links that arrive via email. 

Facebook will start charging members!

Another ruse that makes the rounds on Facebook every now and then is the urgent call for members to take action against impending plans by Facebook ownership to start charging for site use. The news begins to spread via status updates and often even claims “paste this into your status update so you will not be charged. Facebook will continue to be free for you!” But the move is unnecessary. Facebook has said it has no plans to charge members and the gossip is really just an updated version of a chain letter; generally harmless, but still a nuisance.

Few of the scams are harmful as they create a bit of a nuisance and embarasing posts on our wall while other are more harmful where the user ends up compromising the credentials or participates in surveys on the behalf of the scammer...

Moral of the story......new scams will keep popping up and the only way to avoid is more than being alert but ignore any post where comments, links, share, etc. are demanded......

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