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Facebook Scam Asks Detroiters To Pay Court Fines On Social Media

Facebook Scam Asks Detroiters To Pay Court Fines On Social Media

Scams can take many forms on Facebook, from con artists impersonating military personnel to acting like a potential romantic partner to solicit money. However, a new scam in Detroit seeks to take advantage of people down on their luck by impersonating a district court clerk’s office. The con involves fake Facebook pages offering a discount…

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Report: “Facebook Customer Service” Search Leads To Scams

Report: “Facebook Customer Service” Search Leads To Scams

If you use Google’s search engine to find Facebook customer service, there’s a good chance you might end up on the phone with a scam artist, according to a new report from NPR. When the news organization searched “Facebook customer service,” the very top search result was a sketchy-seeming phone number. Google even highlighted the…

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From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable – Hoax Alert

From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable – Hoax Alert

Another silly Facebook hoax is spreading virally across the platform. We have received numerous reports containing the following message: “From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue…

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Facebook is Free and Always Will Be

Facebook is Free and Always Will Be

A common hoax that gets circulated over and over again claims that Facebook is going to start charging users a service fee. Over the years we have seen countless variations of this silliness. Listed below is a new one that is currently making the rounds: “Hi I’m Carlos The Director of facebook THURSDAY WE ARE…

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[Scam Alert] Beware of Image Files spreading Ransomware on Facebook & LinkedIn

[Scam Alert] Beware of Image Files spreading Ransomware on Facebook & LinkedIn

Security researchers recently discovered Locky Ransomware being spread on Facebook and LinkedIn. This new attack is being called ImageGate by Checkpoint security researchers. The malware is distributed by infected SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) image and graphic files. Users are prompted to download a codec allowing them to view the file in question.  We often warn…

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Maine Police Issue Hilarious Warning To Men Not To Fall For Scams

Maine Police Issue Hilarious Warning To Men Not To Fall For Scams

Police in Bangor, Maine, issued a hilarious warning to men this week to avoid falling prey to Facebook scams involving attractive women who are interested in them. According to Bangor police, the department has received multiple complaints from men who have fallen for a scam involving a woman from the Philippines who friends and begins…

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Security Researcher Discovers Facebook Click Fraud In Browser Extensions

Security Researcher Discovers Facebook Click Fraud In Browser Extensions

A 19-year-old Danish computer science student announced his discovery this week of a series of malicious Google Chrome browser extensions that hijacked users’ Facebook accounts to engage in click fraud. According to the student, Maxime Kjaer, he discovered the scam after he noticed one of his Facebook friends who consistently posted suspicious-seeming clickbait stories. Curious,…

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Hackers Will Break Into Your Facebook, Other Accounts For Only $129

Hackers Will Break Into Your Facebook, Other Accounts For Only $129

According to a new report from Dell SecureWorks, anyone can hire a hacker to break into a Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo or other account for just $129. Just like any other business market, Dell says that these hackers provide expert service to differentiate themselves from the competition. (Some even offer after-sales support.) The going rate for…

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Facebook Looking To Crack Down On Scam Advertisers

Facebook Looking To Crack Down On Scam Advertisers

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed News published a report on shady knockoff clothing manufacturers who advertise their goods on Facebook. Now the site has responded to the report, and vowed to take measures to clean up its advertising. “We understand the gravity of this issue and we’re taking it very seriously,” Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s VP of…

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Man Accused Of Using Facebook “Modeling” Messages To Solicit Nude Pictures

Man Accused Of Using Facebook “Modeling” Messages To Solicit Nude Pictures

A Massachusetts man was arraigned this week after being indicted for posting fake Facebook “modeling” ads to solicit nude pictures from a 15-year-old girl and a woman. According to Assistant District Attorney Jane E. Mulqueen, the girl answered a Facebook message sent under a female name about a modeling opportunity. She was told she had…

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