Top 5 Facebook Scams
Facebook now has over a billion users, that’s a mind-boggling thousand million people who check their page regularly. Of course, bad guys are going to be irresistibly attracted to a population that large. Here are the top 5 Facebook scams they are trying to pull off:
1. Who Viewed Your Facebook Profile:
This lures you with messages from friends, or sometimes malicious ads on your wall, to check who has looked at your profile. But when you click, your profile will be exposed to the scammer, and worse things happen afterward.
2. The Facebook Colour Changer App:
This tries to trick you to personalize your Facebook page. However, it also leads you to phishing sites, deceives you to share the app with your friends, and infects your mobile devices with malware. Stay away from this app!
3. Fake Naked Videos:
There are tons of fake naked videos being posted all the time, using names of celebrities like Rihanna or Taylor Swift, that sometimes make it through Facebook moderators. These scams are in the form of an ad or a post, and have a link to bogus YouTube videos. That site then claims your Adobe Flash player is broken, and says you need to update it – but malware is installed instead!
4. Facebook Videos With Come-On Titles:
Computer bad guys often try enticing titles like “Not Safe For Work” or “Scandalous” to lure you into clicking on these videos. You then get automatically redirected to phishing sites that steal your personal information.
5. Check My Status Update To Get Free Facebook T-shirt:
This sends you fake messages from your Facebook friends to go to their page, and get a free Facebook t-shirt. It’s a scam. Remove any access immediately to rogue applications if you have already clicked on something like this.
Facebook is Facebook.
There is simply no way to change the colors of your profile, or change the theme. Stay away from messages or links promising you otherwise, unless you want your PC or mobile device infected with malware.
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