Some of the most dangerous scams on Facebook right now are phishing attacks posing as Facebook Security. Scammers are using Facebook messages, regular email and Facebook Chat to send bogus messages advising users that they have violated terms of service, engaged in abusive behavior or logged in from an unrecognized device. Users are further instructed that they must verify their account to avoid having it disabled. Some of these scams use third party applications that can appear very convincing to the casual user.
Free Facebook Credit scams, Profile Viewers, See Who Blocked You and free Facebook items are some of the other viral scams at the moment. (viral meaning spreading quickly from user to user and not necessarily that the scam contains a virus.)Always use common sense and be careful what you click!
Below is a listing of the most active Facebook threats that you and your friends should be aware of. Be sure to “share” it with your friends!
Shocking and sensational headlines are the bread and butter of Facebook scammers. Many of these scams have been around for weeks, and are still going strong. The scammers are also using crazy and funky characters to try to bypass Facebook’s scam filters, for example:
ÍNSÂNÈ: BRÖTHÉR râpës ând kîlls hís sìstèr – Shõckíng VÏDÉÕ
If you see a Wall post on Facebook that looks like that, then 99% of the time it will be scam. Don’t click on those links!
If you haven’t given Safego a try, then now would be a great time to check it out. It is an internal Facebook application developed by our partner, BitDefender. It scans your newsfeed, among other things, and can warn you of malicious links.
Please share this report to help educate your friends about these threats. If people don’t let their curiosity get the best of them and take some basic security precautions, then these scams will dissipate much quicker.
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