If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably had your account hacked or seen friends’ weird and wacky status updates – usually a result of being hacked. So what are the most popular scams on Facebook and how can you avoid them? Being aware of the scams that are out there is probably one of the best ways to avoid them.
Popular Facebook scams include ones that promise bonus points or cheats on social games like FarmVille and CityVille, or those promising shocking images i.e. “you won’t believe this” or “what are you doing in this video”.
Certainly don’t trust any offers of free iPhone 5’s and other expensive gadgets. As we always say here at BullGuard, if it sounds too good to be true, it is!
The most popular of all Facebook Scams
...provides us with an interesting insight into the Facebook user i.e. you and me. Three words: Profile Traffic Insights. What does that mean? Apparently we all want to know who is looking at our profiles. Who is virtually stalking us and consuming the content, holiday snaps and mundane status updates that we put out there on a regular basis? Unfortunately, Facebook isn’t able to tell us this information, it’s just not something they track, so don’t believe any app within Facebook that promises to reveal this information to you. It’s a Scam.
So how are these Scams spread around? Perhaps you see a video post on a friend’s wall, or a “Who’s been looking at your profile” tracker and you decide to look at it. You click on the link and are taken to a video. At this point, you most likely realize that this is a scam and you x out of it. It might take you days to realize that there’s something on your wall that you apparently ‘liked’... which in all likelihood you don’t like at all. In fact, it could be a really embarrassing like! How did it get there? Linked to the video that you clicked through was a hidden ‘like’ button, which resulted in the scam being posted to your wall. This is how scams are passed around, through unknowing endorsers such as your friends and yourself.
Aside from applying caution and common sense in your social media endeavours, we recommend you use an extra Link Scanner for links posted on Facebook, like the one in BullGuard Internet Security, to flag out all the malicious ones.
Are you dying to know who's looking at your profile? What scam have you fallen prey to?