Today the escalation of Facebook’s fame and popularity has not only attracted the attention of millions of individual across the globe, but the attention of numerous con-artists solely motivated to dupe users to fall prey to their devised scam. In present times, Facebook is infested with a variety of scams and increasing complains from users who innocently fall prey to these. If one is a Facebook enthusiast, 9 common phenomenon of scams should be avoided when it comes in a your way:
1. UI redress attack
Commonly known as Clickjacking, where the victim is asked to paste a large amount of data (usually coded in a computer language making it difficult to understanding) in the user’s addressbar. It is a malicious technique of outmaneuver the users into divulging important information by taking control over the user’s computer when they unknowingly click web pages. Infamous examples on Facebook over the years were “Look Cheerleaders Gone Wild…!” and the find out who is stalking you application.
2. Random Friendships
The act of stealing a user’s important or sensitive information by means of posting the appearance of legit sites. The attacker posts sites that resemble a genuine site but once the ignorant user enters any sensitive data such as password, bank account information, etc. The hacker steals the information. Phishing or spoofing is very common on Facebook these days and they are rising rapidly. The noticeable ones that have caught the attention of the users were the “re-logins”, asking users to re-enter their login data. Avoid being booby-trapped by looking for unusual appearance of the URLs in the address bar
4. Page Scams
A lot of phishing schemes are in circulation on Facebook via means of malicious group requests, page and event invites. They exist only for the purpose of collecting information data from the users. It works by either of the method of inviting friends to join a page, taking up fun-looking quizzes and group request in return for non-existing gifts and rewards. So as to gain the trust and confidence of the users the attacker uses reputed names of companies like Apple or Microsoft.
5. Phony Facebook mails
A lot of users have reported receiving mails under the name “Team Facebook” asking for personal information like user id, passwords, etc. The official “Team Facebook” will never do so.If you ever receive such mail, instantly direct it in the spam folder.
6. Malware, Virus and Bugs
A network like Facebook, which is high on sensitive data, planting a virus or a malware has a lot of scope and opportunity. Purpose might range from just to annoy people to completely steal everything a person has on his social account. The infamous “koobface” virus (anagram for Facebook) in 2008 created panic amongst the users as it became very successful in infecting the user’s account and stealing login data, though any financial data was never aimed at stealing. It still lurks on Facebook so upgrading the antivirus would help in being safe.
7. Money Scam
One of the most awful and bizarre scam that hit Facebook. In this particular case, the scammer poses as a friend of yours requesting for an urgent transfer of money wired to their account via PayPal or through Western Union money transfer. The success of this was very high. It’s difficult to turn down a friends request at time of need. Hence you get duped and the money is lost. The best way to avoid such a trap is to ask the person in need to give you a phone call rather than asking online.
8. Annoying Surveys
How irritating it is to see your Facebook wall flooded with “how much he loves me”, “When will I die”, “which twilight character are you”. This is the most common form of spamming on Facebook and difficult to contain. It’s also fun in a way but refrain yourself when you are directed to another site outside Facebook as they will ask you to post personal details to get the result. No authentic survey will ask you to do so to view results and hence reject such surveys immediately.
9. Useless Apps
Facebook is flooded with application owing to its open development policy. Anyone can develop an app if they have basic programing skills. A great opportunity for scammers as well. Including convincing pictures, logos and text fools the users that the app is harmless and safe. One click on the “allowing” button on the apps to access your account information results in confusion amongst you and your friends as they will receive fake announcements and messages through your account without your consent. Facebook shutdown scam was the most recent one.