Facebook_scam_blogIf 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?

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy (200 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.


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