http://facecrooks.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:04:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Woman Posts Selfie of Shoplifted Clothes on Facebook, Gets Arrested http://facecrooks.com/Creeps-of-the-Week/Woman-Posts-Selfie-Shoplifted-Clothes-Facebook-Gets-Arrested.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Creeps-of-the-Week/Woman-Posts-Selfie-Shoplifted-Clothes-Facebook-Gets-Arrested.html/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:04:02 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8568 The post Woman Posts Selfie of Shoplifted Clothes on Facebook, Gets Arrested appeared first on .

A woman from West Franfort, Illinois, was arrested this week for posting a picture on Facebook of herself wearing a dress that she allegedly stole from a small store in the town. The woman, 27-year-old Danielle Saxton, allegedly stole the dress and several other items on July 11 from Morties Boutique, and was seen walking…

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facebook_blackbg_logoA woman from West Franfort, Illinois, was arrested this week for posting a picture on Facebook of herself wearing a dress that she allegedly stole from a small store in the town.

The woman, 27-year-old Danielle Saxton, allegedly stole the dress and several other items on July 11 from Morties Boutique, and was seen walking away from the store. The store then posted to its Facebook account and described the stolen items, and after Saxton posted the photo of herself with the caption “Love my dress,” the store was quickly informed. According to a police representative, the woman was arrested the same afternoon she posted the picture.

“I called the police department and said, ‘It just hit Facebook,’ and they were on it in two seconds,” Said Gay Williams Morton, the owner Morties. The dress Saxton stole had a distinct leopard print and was immediately recognizable. Police chief Shawn Talluto also issued a warning about how quickly information can spread on the site.

“We just had a description and a direction of travel, but when the social media aspect played into it, we were able to identify who it was. And by looking at the background of the photograph we were able to pinpoint where she was at,” he said. “When you put something out there, it’s a matter of minutes before it can go viral, and it can go to the world.”



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Beware of Fake Facebook Profiles Set Up for Flight MH17 Victims http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Beware-Fake-Facebook-Profiles-Set-Up-Flight-MH17-Victims.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Beware-Fake-Facebook-Profiles-Set-Up-Flight-MH17-Victims.html/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:07:03 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8566 The post Beware of Fake Facebook Profiles Set Up for Flight MH17 Victims appeared first on .

It’s a troubling fact of life in 2014, when a major tragedy occurs, online scammers will try to take advantage of it. That’s what happened this week when it was revealed that fake Facebook profiles had been set up using the names of several victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down over the Ukraine…

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magglassIt’s a troubling fact of life in 2014, when a major tragedy occurs, online scammers will try to take advantage of it. That’s what happened this week when it was revealed that fake Facebook profiles had been set up using the names of several victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down over the Ukraine late last week.

The fake Facebook pages contain links to a blog purporting to contain information about the plane crash. However, once users click through, they are bombarded with pop-up ads that help the cybercriminals turn a profit on their enterprise. Some of the sites can also target infect visitors’ computers with malware. Perhaps most disturbing of all, three Facebook profiles were even set up using the names of young Australian children who perished in the crash.

“Crooks are super-fast these days at picking up on anything that’s remotely topical, and working out how to monetize it from a criminal point of view,” said Alastair MacGibbon, director of the University of Canberra’s Centre for Internet Safety in Australia, while speaking to the Canberra Times. “You’re really dealing with a base type of person who uses the name of a person recently deceased in a tragedy to monetize. But that’s why they’re criminals and we’re not.”

If you see any links on Facebook in the coming days and weeks that purport to have exclusive information or video of the MH17 crash, it’s best to avoid clicking it. It’s sad, but this scam likely won’t be the last to try and capitalize on the tragedy.



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California Man Bombarded with Facebook Messages Meant for Stranger http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/California-Man-Bombarded-Facebook-Messages-Meant-Stranger.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/California-Man-Bombarded-Facebook-Messages-Meant-Stranger.html/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:20:13 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8564 The post California Man Bombarded with Facebook Messages Meant for Stranger appeared first on .

Users are required to provide an email address when they register for Facebook. This makes sense, of course, though things can take an interesting (and hard to fix) turn if the email address entered is incorrect. For instance: the case of a 63-year-old tax attorney in California, Paul Gordon Hoffman, whose email account was flooded…

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oopsUsers are required to provide an email address when they register for Facebook. This makes sense, of course, though things can take an interesting (and hard to fix) turn if the email address entered is incorrect. For instance: the case of a 63-year-old tax attorney in California, Paul Gordon Hoffman, whose email account was flooded with private Facebook messages intended for a stranger.

Hoffman received messages from a woman named Sherri addressed to a Facebook user named Patrick, and many of the messages were personal; over the course of the one-sided correspondence, Sherri actually broke up with Patrick. Hoffman continuously attempted to unsubscribe from the messages, and even sent a snail mail letter to Facebook asking for the messages to stop. He also told his daughter about his situation, who reported it to Facebook and messaged Patrick in attempt to warn him. However, none of it worked, and Hoffman never heard back from Facebook.

“Facebook’s failure to deal with the situation compromises the privacy of the intended recipient of the emails, and annoys me and has wasted (and continues to waste) my time,” Hoffman said. “The situation seems futile; Facebook just doesn’t care that they’re potentially breaching the confidentiality of their user, and annoying others.”

However, Facebook now has a specialized form that users can fill out if this privacy breach occurs.



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Security Firm: Facebook is the No. 1 Social Media Target for Cybercriminals http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Security-Firm-Facebook-No-1-Social-Media-Target-Cybercriminals.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/Security-Firm-Facebook-No-1-Social-Media-Target-Cybercriminals.html/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:07:40 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8560 The post Security Firm: Facebook is the No. 1 Social Media Target for Cybercriminals appeared first on .

According to online security firm Kaspersky Lab, Facebook is the number one most-targeted social media site by cybercriminals, and the second most-targeted website overall.  The reason for that is simple: phishing scams. Facebook is full of fake pages that direct users with malicious links and messages. These links then point users to websites that often…

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facebook-security-2According to online security firm Kaspersky Lab, Facebook is the number one most-targeted social media site by cybercriminals, and the second most-targeted website overall. 

The reason for that is simple: phishing scams. Facebook is full of fake pages that direct users with malicious links and messages. These links then point users to websites that often look like the real deal, but are instead fake log-ins designed to coerce users to give up their personal information. According to Kaspersky’s research, fake Facebook pages account for a full 11 percent of instances where heuristic anti-phishing measures are triggered on the web.

“Cybercriminals have developed a number of ways to entice their victims to pages with phishing content,” said Nadezhda Demidova, a web content analyst at Kaspersky Lab. “They send links to phishing web pages via email, within social networks or in banners placed on third-party resources. Fraudsters often lure their victims by promising them ‘interesting content.’”

Thankfully, it’s fairly easy for users to avoid falling prey to such scams. As Demidova points out, Facebook never asks users to enter their personal information in an email, so if you receive a notification from the site asking for your info, it’s likely a fake. Similarly, don’t enter your email address or passwords on any website that you don’t absolutely trust — especially if you arrived there from a phishy-seeming Facebook link.

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Lawyers Recommend Bill to Give Access to Facebook Accounts to Loved Ones of Deceased Users http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Lawyers-Recommend-Bill-Give-Access-Facebook-Accounts-Loved-Ones-Deceased-Users.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Lawyers-Recommend-Bill-Give-Access-Facebook-Accounts-Loved-Ones-Deceased-Users.html/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:15:51 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8558 The post Lawyers Recommend Bill to Give Access to Facebook Accounts to Loved Ones of Deceased Users appeared first on .

The Uniform Law Commission, a group of lawyers tasked by state governments with providing clear language for legislation, recommended a law this week that would give loved ones access to all of their deceased family members’ social media and email accounts. Right now, it can be difficult for family members to gain access to such…

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online_privacy_150The Uniform Law Commission, a group of lawyers tasked by state governments with providing clear language for legislation, recommended a law this week that would give loved ones access to all of their deceased family members’ social media and email accounts.

Right now, it can be difficult for family members to gain access to such accounts, and they often have to petition Facebook repeatedly to receive it. Facebook “memorializes” the accounts of deceased users, allowing their friends to continue viewing old photos and posts, but there is no hard-and-fast rule regarding who can actually get into these accounts. However, if the Commission’s recommended language was officially passed into law, it could create a standardized legal process.

However, such a law could pack big potential privacy ramifications. As the AP points out, the contents of some people’s online accounts, like celebrities or politicians, could be worth a lot of money, and could raise problems with people trying to access them. Some people also may not want their emails or private Facebook messages being combed through after they’re gone, though the Uniform Law Commission’s proposed language would allow users to prevent this from happening by prohibiting it in their will. If a user didn’t explicitly prohibit it, however, his or her personal representative or executor of the will would get access to the user’s digital files.



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Facebook to Track Users’ TV Watching on Mobile Devices http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Track-Users%e2%80%99-TV-Watching-Mobile-Devices.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Track-Users%e2%80%99-TV-Watching-Mobile-Devices.html/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:57:48 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8556 The post Facebook to Track Users’ TV Watching on Mobile Devices appeared first on .

This fall, Facebook will begin to track users’ TV watching on mobile devices and tablets by sending the age and gender of viewers to Nielsen, the company that tracks TV ratings. As TV viewing has fractured via delayed viewings on DVR devices and online streaming, it has become difficult to truly figure out how many…

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privacy_eyeThis fall, Facebook will begin to track users’ TV watching on mobile devices and tablets by sending the age and gender of viewers to Nielsen, the company that tracks TV ratings.

As TV viewing has fractured via delayed viewings on DVR devices and online streaming, it has become difficult to truly figure out how many people are watching a given program. This partnership between Facebook and Nielsen seeks to fill in at least part of this missing puzzle, though the privacy implications are certain to upset advocates and users alike.

“Consumers really are not aware of the extent to which Facebook is putting their non-Facebook activity to use,” said Julia Horowitz of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “Watching television and surfing the Internet shouldn’t necessarily involve Facebook.”

According to Facebook, user information will be sent to Nielsen in aggregate so as not to reveal any information about users, and the info pulled by Facebook will only be a numerical code and not specific information about what users are viewing. Of course, the information will be used to help advertisers better target their marketing to viewers.

One obvious problem that may arise from this new initiative is that users will not be aware if Facebook is observing them. Perhaps they will be able to opt out of the feature, but for now it appears that users must take part in this corporate partnership.



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Anonymous Sharing App ‘Secret’ Adds Facebook Log-In http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Anonymous-Sharing-App-Secret-Adds-Facebook-Log-In.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Anonymous-Sharing-App-Secret-Adds-Facebook-Log-In.html/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:57:38 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8553 The post Anonymous Sharing App ‘Secret’ Adds Facebook Log-In appeared first on .

An anonymous sharing app called Secret, which lets users send anonymous messages and images to their circle of friends on their phone, has attracted plenty of controversy (not to mention tens of millions of dollars in investments). But the company, co-founded by two former Google employees, is just getting started: they announced this week that…

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secret_appAn anonymous sharing app called Secret, which lets users send anonymous messages and images to their circle of friends on their phone, has attracted plenty of controversy (not to mention tens of millions of dollars in investments). But the company, co-founded by two former Google employees, is just getting started: they announced this week that users will now be able to connect their Facebook account with Secret, dramatically expanding users’ potential sharing networks.

“Facebook Login has been our top requested feature, for good reason. Our community members want more friend content in their stream, beyond simply the contacts from their phone,” the Secret team wrote in a blog post. “Facebook Login gives any user the option to (completely anonymously) connect Secret to Facebook and populate your stream with Facebook friends.”

While the app is completely anonymous, and all of the content shared via the phone or Facebook will remain that way, its move onto Facebook will likely raise the alarm for privacy-concerned web users. Should anyone trust a third-party app, or Facebook, with sensitive information that they would rather keep hidden? If the whole point of the app is to share information that users would not want attributed to themselves, perhaps its best not to get Facebook involved at all.



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Facebook Censors Images of Dead Lions but Reluctantly Removes “Kill Kendall Jones” Page http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Censors-Images-of-Dead-Lions-but-Reluctantly-Removes-Kill-Kendall_Page.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Censors-Images-of-Dead-Lions-but-Reluctantly-Removes-Kill-Kendall_Page.html/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:49:36 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8547 The post Facebook Censors Images of Dead Lions but Reluctantly Removes “Kill Kendall Jones” Page appeared first on .

Texas teenager Kendall Jones sparked an online controversy when she posed with photos of lions, leopards and other exotic game that she killed. Facebook even removed a photo of her posing with a dead leopard because it violated their policy against content that “promote[s] poaching of endangered species, the sale of animals for organized fight…

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kendall_jonesTexas teenager Kendall Jones sparked an online controversy when she posed with photos of lions, leopards and other exotic game that she killed. Facebook even removed a photo of her posing with a dead leopard because it violated their policy against content that “promote[s] poaching of endangered species, the sale of animals for organized fight or…extreme acts of animal abuse.” However, the girl’s father was irate this week when Facebook initially refused to take down a page called “Kill Kendall Jones,” targeted specifically at his daughter.

Cody Jones reached out to Facebook about removing the page, though they responded and told him that it did not violate their Community Standards. However, Facebook soon reversed its stance and took down the page.

“We reviewed the Page you reported for containing credible violence. Since it violated our Community Standards, we removed it,” Facebook wrote to one user who had reported it. “Thanks for your report. We will let Kill Kendall Jones know that their Page has been removed, but not who reported it.”

However, soon after the original page was taken down, another one called “Kill Kendall” was created. This page went out of its way to explain that it wasn’t actually advocating for the death of the girl, so it remains to be seen if Facebook will take action against it.

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Mom Banned From Facebook for “Coppertone Baby”-Style Photo http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mom-Banned-From-Facebook-%e2%80%9cCoppertone-Baby%e2%80%9d-Style-Photo.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Mom-Banned-From-Facebook-%e2%80%9cCoppertone-Baby%e2%80%9d-Style-Photo.html/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:49:06 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8545 The post Mom Banned From Facebook for “Coppertone Baby”-Style Photo appeared first on .

A professional photographer and mom was temporarily banned from Facebook this week after she posted a picture of her two-year-old child on the Coppertone Facebook page. The girl’s swim trunks were being pulled down in the photo, ala the iconic logo image of the sunscreen lotion company. While Facebook’s heart is obviously in the right…

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facebook-general-2A professional photographer and mom was temporarily banned from Facebook this week after she posted a picture of her two-year-old child on the Coppertone Facebook page. The girl’s swim trunks were being pulled down in the photo, ala the iconic logo image of the sunscreen lotion company.

While Facebook’s heart is obviously in the right place attempting to block pornography on the site and protect the images of minors, this case is yet another example of Facebook’s policies seeming both too strict and too impersonal.

“I was completely shocked and outraged,” the photographer, Jill White, told Fox News. “Nowhere did I see anything pornographic about this photo. There is nothing sexual about it. It’s sweet… We posted it to Coppertone’s Facebook page, and they had the right to take it down but they didn’t.”

Facebook gave White a choice of taking the photo down or changing her privacy settings, and when she did neither, she was banned from the site for 24 hours.

The site has gotten into trouble before for censoring images it shouldn’t, including those of women breastfeeding and even a photo of a nude statue in a park in Kansas. Indeed, the frustration with Facebook’s censorship comes not from their policies themselves, but their often-random-seeming (not to mention unfair) enforcement.



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WARNING: Facebook “Verified Page” Scam Leads to Hijacked Pages http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/WARNING-Facebook-%e2%80%9cVerified-Page%e2%80%9d-Scam-Leads-Hijacked-Pages.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Scam-Watch/WARNING-Facebook-%e2%80%9cVerified-Page%e2%80%9d-Scam-Leads-Hijacked-Pages.html/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:31:31 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=8542 The post WARNING: Facebook “Verified Page” Scam Leads to Hijacked Pages appeared first on .

There is a new scam on Facebook that tries to hijack pages from their administrators by posing as a page verification message from Facebook. Freshome, an online architectural magazine, fell victim to the scam, and lost control of their Facebook page. Here’s how the hoax works: a cybercriminal created a fake profile with the user…

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alertThere is a new scam on Facebook that tries to hijack pages from their administrators by posing as a page verification message from Facebook. Freshome, an online architectural magazine, fell victim to the scam, and lost control of their Facebook page.

Here’s how the hoax works: a cybercriminal created a fake profile with the user name “Verified Page.” Their profile picture was the Facebook verified page symbol, so when the cybercriminal sent a message from this profile to Freshome, they thought that Facebook was finally contacting them to verify their company Facebook page. However, the hoaxer instead took control of the magazine’s page and unpublished it.

What’s worse, this scam is apparently spreading; the issue has already been raised several times on Facebook’s Help Page.

It’s important to note that there is no way to request for your page to become verified by Facebook. The site decides, through a somewhat mysterious rubric, what pages do and do not qualify for their blue verification checkmark. According to Facebook’s page verification guidelines, they typically offer verification for celebrities, journalists, government officials and popular brands and businesses. If you have any doubts at all about the source of the page verification message you’ve received, DO NOT comply with its instructions. Instead, ask Facebook directly if your page has been verified, or inform them of the hoax.

It’s also important to note that Facebook doesn’t provide for an easy way to reclaim hijacked pages. If you lose it, then it will be very difficult, if not impossible to reclaim. There is no dedicated customer support for Facebook Pages. We strongly recommend Page Admins enable login approvals as an extra layer of account protection.



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