Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Facebook Scams: Investigate Before You Click on Like or Share

There are many scams and rogue apps on Facebook. Malware, viruses, phishing exploits, identity thieves, clickjackers, and spammers seek gullible people to trick.

There are even fake scam warnings about exploits that don't exist.

People, listen up. Don't fall for these con artists. Take a moment to Google the keywords of a post. 

For example, there is a bogus warning about hackers posting insulting messages as though they were written by you.

Google the keywords: "hackers insults Facebook" and see what you get. 

How about the Pink Facebook scam? Google "turn Facebook pink scam".

Remember the baby burn victim scam? Google the keywords "baby burn victim hoax Facebook".

Sometimes you have to add "hoax" or "scam" or "spam" to the keywords, depending on the specific case. That's because there may be some legitimate postings that include the keywords of the hoax or scam posting.

Do a few moments worth of research BEFORE you impulsively click Like or Share or copy and re-post a message. Pulling on your heart-strings often is the prelude to pulling on your purse-strings. Appealing to your noble sentiments is a common ploy of con artists and identity thieves.

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