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Educate yourself on facebook scams!
Learn the tell tale signs of facebook scams and how to avoid them
Education on the types of facebook scams
Read all about the top scams making their way through facebook. Pay close attention to number 9!
Protection methods to learn so you will not fall victim to scams
Steps to take if you fall victim to a facebook scam
Accidentally liked a malicious facebook page? This explains how to undo the damage
"There's a sucker born every minute." That quotation, widely attributed to P.T. Barnum, originally referred to deceptive carnival sideshow attractions, but it's just as relevant to online scams--in particular, Facebook scams--today.
None of the common Facebook frauds--the "Facebook dislike button," the "stalker tracker" (which purports to tell you who's visiting your profile), and "watch this video" tricks, for instance--are new, says Chris Boyd, senior threat researcher for UK-based GFI Software. "You'd think that people wouldn't continue to fall for them," he says. But of course, they do.
Resisting the urge to click can be difficult, and scammers know it. They prey on a combination of users' curiosity and trust, and on their own ability to disguise scams as legitimate online promos. Fortunately, you have some clues to watch for.
One ploy that Facebook scammers use is to encourage people to click a compelling URL. But instead of seeing the promised site, the deceived person inadvertently spams friends with links to the same URL. Some messages are so persuasive that victims may provide personal information such as credit card or phone numbers, which the scammer can then exploit to run up unauthorized charges.
The key element in a successful scam is its ability to exploit the victim's trust, says Dr. Robert D'Ovidio, associate professor of sociology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Many scams pose as links in posts from people you know. "These schemes are coming from people in our network, and our guard is already down; that's a very tough thing to police against."
If a friend posts a link to what appears to be a video on your wall with the comment, "Is this you? LOL!", you'll probably click it. But it may be a scam or a link to a malicious site posted by a crook using a hijacked Facebook account.
Here are two red flags to watch for when you click a link: It doesn't take you to the page promised; or it takes much longer to load than you'd expect. A delayed load may mean that you're being bounced between proxy servers to hide a hacker's location, instead of being sent directly to the destination.
Also watch out for pages that unexpectedly ask you to enter your Facebook login information. Once scammers manage to gain access to your account details, they can use it to spam your friends. If that happens, or if you suspect foul play of any kind, change your password immediately.
Even shortened URLs may pose risks (this is also a problem in Twitter), since users can't tell by looking at a shortened Web address whether it's authentic. So if someone posts a shortened link to your wall or by using a Facebook message or Chat, proceed with caution.
Ultimately, most scams are designed to generate revenue for the scammers through pay-per-click schemes or through access to information that can lead to unauthorized charges on credit cards or phone bills.
Source: pc world
7 Tips to Avoid Being Tricked by a Facebook Wall Scam
Being aware is the only way you can prevent these messages from spreading. Learn what to look for to determine if a Wall post or inbox message is a legitimate message from a friend or spam. The following tips will help you to learn the difference between spam and legit messages.
1. Look at the message. Is it of the same value as other messages this friend would typically post? For example, if your friend is a professional acquaintance and you see a message like "OMG! Look at this video" on your Wall, chances are the message was not intentionally sent by your friend. If the message seems out of character for your friend who posted it, then do not click the link.
2. Look in your Facebook news feed.Are you suddenly seeing this message appear multiple times? If so, chances are it is a scam that is being sent through automated means.
3. Pay attention to the authorization requests for any apps you install.For example, to view a video a Facebook app shouldn't need to access all of your information or need permission to post to your Wall and your friend's wall. Always investigate those apps that ask permission to post on your Facebook Wall and your friend's Wall.
4. Be wary when a message on your Wall contains short links from friends who don't usually post links on your Wall. This also is another form of the message being "out of character" for your Facebook friend.
5. Always verify URLs before clicking. In video spam messages, for example, the message indicates you will go to YouTube to watch the video. If you move the mouse cursor over the link (but do not click it) look at the details of the link in the footer of your browser. This will show you a URL that may look similar to YouTube but is not the real YoueTube.com Web address.
6. If you click the link and are greeted by an unfamiliar screen and a page you were not expecting, do not click any links or icons on that page.
7. The golden rule: If the message looks suspicious delete it from your Facebook Wall. As you move your mouse cursor to the top right area of the Wall post an X will appear. Highlight the X and you will see an option to Remove the post.
Phishing: The act of sending a message to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The message directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information. The website, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information.
Malware: Short for malicious software, software designed specifically to damage or disrupt a system, such as a virus or a Trojan horse.
Spyware: Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes.
Spam: Some people define spam even more generally as any unsolicited e-mail or electronic message. Real spam is generally e-mail advertising for some product sent to a mailing list or newsgroup.
1. See who viewed your profile.
"WOW! I cant believe that you can see who is viewing your Profile! I just saw My Top 10 Profile and Photo Peekers and I am SHOCKED!! You can also see WHO VIEWED YOUR PROFILE here."
Wow indeed. Annoying capital letters, bad grammar and punctuation. This scam has a number of faces – 'Find out how fancies you, 'Your greatest admirers', 'You have a stalker' – and plays on people's natural curiosity and fears that they are being spied on. Despite Facebook not allowing any app to gather this data, thousands of people still fall for this con every month. People clicking on the link will be sent to websites offering expensive online services or a fake survey so the fraudsters can get personal information.
2. Add a Dislike button (or love or heart button etc)
"Install a Heart button on your FB profile".
No, don't. Because you can't. It's as simple as that. While Facebook users have long been calling for a ‘Dislike' or ‘Heart' button, the social-networking site has not included these. And it does not allow you to install third-party app buttons. If you click on this link you can be taken to a page where there may be some dangerous content. If Facebook ever does install other buttons, it will be all over the main stream news sites and Facebook's official blog so you should check these sites out before you click on a link
3. Gift Card/ Free shopping vouchers
"Get [$xxxx name your price] worth of vouchers from [add retailer name]"
With this scam you can take your pick of how much the voucher is worth and which retailer or company is offering you this wonderful deal. Except, as always, it's too good to be true. Another survey scam in which you are giving away valuable personal information and for nothing. This year alone we have seen four major retailers, Argos, Tesco, Morrisons and Ebay as hooks.
4. Fake sexy, tasteless, horrific, funny videos
"Check out this funny video of you!" or "Check out [celebrity name] doing something funny/ shocking/being arrested."
Yes you may well be curious but as they say, curiosity killed the cat. These messages often look as if they have been posted to your wall by a friend because they have fallen for the scam and look like a link to a YouTube video. Click on the link, however, and if you are not directed to the ubiquitous survey you will asked to install an app, which can then download malware or redirect you to a page that has a very convincing fake Facebook login page. By logging in you will be handing your details over to a scammer who can then hijack your account.
5. Free gadgets such as iPads & iPhones
"Free [gadget] is yours to test and keep."
At the moment fraudsters are luring people into their clutches with the promise of a free iPhone 5. Don't be fooled by messages stating you have won or if you are quick you can test and keep it or any other gadget for that matter. Even Facebook is warning users about this latest scam saying "Beware of iphone5 scams going around Facebook. Apple has not confirmed a release date and all the images you see are artistic impressions and not the real phone. Don't click on any links or like pages or you could get scammed.
6. Breaking news stories
"OMG... [celebrity] dies in horrifying [car, plane, boat] accident"
These fake headlines invariably start with 'OMG' or 'SHOCKING!!!!!!' But what is shocking are the number of people who can't help but click on the link and fall for these headline grabbing scams. Again you may be asked to install an app which can be used to download malware or let the scammer post spam onto you and your friend's walls – making it look like it comes from you.
7. I need your help desparately
"Help I am stranded in [location] and need help and money."
No they don't. Trust us they don't. Think about it. If a friend of yours or a member of your familyh is really stranded in a UK city or somewhere far more exotic, they won't be contacting you via Facebook. In this country they will phone you, and may reverse the charges, or the police, and if they are abroad and really need help again they will call you or contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The FCO can call you to request financial help a friend or family memebrr. But it is easy to check that this is a genuine request by simply calling the FCO back to verify matters. Contact your friend via email and tell them that their Facebook account has been hijacked.
8. "Which Celebrity are you like?"
Do you really think you are like Tom Cruise or Angelina Jolie, or god forbid some loser from Big Brother or The Only Way is Essex? This is another popular rogue app that gets you to fill in a survey for anything like tickets to a year's free McDonalds meals. You of course won't get any of those, but it will tag your friends and send spam messages to them. The developer also has full access to your Facebook information, which can be very valuable to criminals.
9. Free Facebook Credits
"Free Facebook credits (Not Fake)"
Yes they are fake. There are a lots of popular games on Facebook such as Double Down Casino, and while players can pay money on Facebook for game credits, they are not given away. So don't fall for this because if you are a Double Down Casino fan (or any other game that uses credits) the only thing that will be harvested is your personal details and the credits won't work. The links can be used to download malware or lead to yet another survey.
"This child has cancer. Facebook is about to donate 3 cent for every share."
At the moment these are just nasty hoaxes and aimed to tug at our heart strings. They are the social-networking equivalent of the chain mail letters and emails. In time they may well get nastier but certainly cause misery to some people because the pictures have been stolen from someone's site. This particular picture has been around for a few years, although the message changes. If it was true, you know there would be a link to an official Facebook blog. There isn't by the way.
Think twice before wiring money to a friend or relative. If you receive a message from a friend or family member asking you to Western Union them a good chunk of dough, try calling them up to confirm that it’s actually them. Remember, there’s no way to recover funds sent through Western Union once it ends up in the wrong hands, so do your best to make sure it doesn’t happen in the first place.
Don’t believe everything you read on Facebook. If a friend is saying there in a compromising position or that they want you to participate in a deal that seems “too good to be true” then perhaps it’s time to pick up the phone and give them a ring. You just may find that you weren’t reading the words of a friend, but a scammer instead.
Keep more than one email address on file with Facebook. Having a secondary email address in your Facebook account may come in handy if it’s ever compromised since Facebook uses the secondary email to confirm that you are the rightful owner. Of course, this doesn’t apply if the hijacker removes it.
Use different passwords for your Facebook account & email address. If a criminal managed to get a hold of your Facebook login credentials you don’t want them getting in anywhere else, do you? It’s always recommended not to share passwords on multiple websites because cybercrooks can easily start spreading across multiple websites that you use, hijacking your accounts and changing all of your passwords. Then it could really get out of hand.
A healthy skepticism is critical, too. Here are some specific tips:
• Verify app authors. Click the author's name and follow it to the app's home page. Look for anything that seems odd or unprofessional. Run a Google search on both the app name and the author.
• Check other users' experience. A simple search can yield results indicating what's legit and what may not be.
• Don't give out personal information (including your Facebook login name and password) to anybody, unless you're certain of the recipient's legitimacy and the distribution channel's security.
• Be aware that your security on social networks depends in part on the security-mindedness of the other people who belong to your network.
• It may not be rocket science, but security experts say it's your best protection: "Be careful what you click on."
How to Remove a Malicious Facebook App
If you didn't recognize the Facebook message was spam and you clicked "Like" or have installed the app, there are a couple things you can do to remove it.
First, make sure you have deleted the post of your Wall to prevent others from seeing the message, clicking "Like" and continuing to spread the malicious Facebook spam.
The next step is to remove the application from your Facebook account and revoke the access and authorization privileges you granted when adding the app. To do this, go in to your Facebook Account settings and remove the application. Here are the step-by-step instructions to complete this task.
From the top right-hand corner of your Facebook profile: Click Account and select Privacy Settings. The bottom left-corner of the Privacy Settings Page will have a link to Apps and Websites. Choose the Edit your settings link. In the next screen you will see a list of the most recently accessed apps in your Facebook account. Select the malicious spam application from the list, Edit Settings and click Remove.
Ok, so you accidentally liked a page that is now spamming your timeline, annoying you and your friends and you just want them to go away? Well below is a step by step process on how to remove the offending pages.
Log into Facebook First :)
Ok that was easy enough! Below is what you see when you log in. I have removed my personal information to protect my privacy but you get the idea!
Look in the upper right, you will see your name, next to your facebook timeline photo
After you click your name you will see your timeline
See where it shows how many likes you have? and a few thumbnails of the pages you liked? click there!
On the next facebook page scroll down until you see something similar below. You will see the word "Likes" and some links with years on them
As you can see, There is an offending rogue page, a personal interest page, and of course the safest place to find double down promotion codes which is a perfectly safe site. They are highlighted below
Below is a step by step process on how to remove the offending pages you may have liked in the past. I would have screen shot the drop downs and the clicking of "unlike" but I have not quite figured out how to do that on Windows 8 and their snipping tool is not the best. Hopefully the instructions are clear enough!
You may have liked some pages in the past that have been aggravating and frustrating your page feed and yourself so do not forget to check your past!
Scroll up and walk through the steps again. After knowing that all the pages in the list are the pages you want guess what?
Please take a moment to recommend this page as it took me quite some time to create this tutorial and I intentionally infected my own facebook account with a malicious facebook page, then removed it to keep everyone out there safe. Thanks for being a part of Double Down Codes! Happy and Safe Gaming!