Common Facebook Scams You Need to Know About

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As the tree of Facebook is growing exponentially and making the world even smaller, it is also getting crowded with scrupulous hoaxes and scams. For an unaware user, it is difficult to tell these hoaxes from genuine Facebook posts or status updates. In this blog post we have outlined some of the most common scam and hoax posts that have been and are doing the rounds on the social network. If you come across any of these, be sure to delete them and advise your friends to do the same and avoid spreading them further.

#1. Shocking Video Posts
Just recently I came across a Facebook post that claimed to show a ‘shocking video’ of the biggest snake in the world. The post had a teaser image of a giant snake and a man, as you can see in the image below. Not only is the image a bad example of Photoshop, but the entire thing is a hoax designed to scam curious users. Clicking the video will take the user to a third party website (that may look like Facebook) and ask them to share the link publicly or complete a fake online survey before they can see the video. Even if the user does all that, they will never get to see the video, because there isn’t any.

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#2. Your Favorite Celebrity Just Died Posts
If online scammers had their way, then all celebrities would have vanished from the face of the earth. Back in the month of August 2013, a hoax video on how Eminem got stabbed, went viral on Facebook. And just recently, Rihanna became a victim of fake celebrity death reports. Even these videos work in the same fashion as the ‘Shocking video’ scams.

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#3. Fake Facebook App Scams
Orkut, the long-lost social media hero, allows its users to know who all visited their profile. Imagine the hoo-ha if such a feature comes into Facebook. The ‘Know Who Visited Your Profile App’ or ‘Facebook Profile Viewer App’ claims to do the same thing for Facebook users. Installing such apps will only drop a nasty malware on your system, and let attackers steal your profile information.

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#4. Free! Free! Free!
Free giveaways are a classic example of social media scams that have stuck to Facebook like a bad stain. The word ‘Free’ is good enough to grab just anyone’s attention. And this is what scammers capitalize on. In exchange of some information (personal and otherwise) or downloading a software, the user will be eligible for the free goodies.

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#5. Fake Virus Warning Posts
When the element of terror drops onto social networking sites such as Facebook, there is but fire all over the place! And one classic example of this are fake virus warnings. Most users take such warnings for real and share them with others, and end up promoting the scammer’s cause.

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#6. Facebook Account Disabled Scam
This is a phishing scam that targets Facebook users. One fine day you might receive an email suggesting you to authenticate yourself by logging into Facebook. It will also contain a link which will take you to the company’s login page. The page might look exactly similar to the real Facebook page. And if you go a step further and put in your login information, you are actually handing it over to the hacker who crafted this page.

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Social media platforms were created to bring people closer.  There is nothing social about spreading unconfirmed news, viral posts, and scams. So, whenever you come across any shocking, terrifying, or unusual posts, confirm the same from other sources before you hit the ‘Like’ or ‘Share’ button. Stay safe!

References:
www.hoax-slayer.com
www.digitaltrends.com
www.usatoday.com

Rajiv Singha

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ashutosh kumar
ashutosh kumar
7 years ago

thank

Praveen
Praveen
7 years ago

Thanks , you message is highly appreciated

Pradip Chowdhury
Pradip Chowdhury
7 years ago

Thank you for alerting me on Facebook scams.

Faisal
Faisal
7 years ago

Thanks! I knew many fb apps that claim to tell us our profile visitors.

Many friends of mine use them. I warned them many times, but they don’t believe me…

C.S. MADHURANATH
C.S. MADHURANATH
7 years ago

You have given a timely warning. Now the ball is in our court.

Andrew A. W. Smith, Sr.
Andrew A. W. Smith, Sr.
7 years ago

Thank you again for your quality time about the scams. I really believe that social media was crafted originally from an old term in the Holy Scriptures known as “talebearing”. In other words, every friend has a friend. Don’t share information with others unless they are a part of the problem and/or part of the solution.

Keep The Faith & Keep Up The Good Work!

Andrew A. W. Smith, Sr.
Andrew A. W. Smith, Sr.
7 years ago

Leviticus 19:16 You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:15-17 (in Context) Leviticus 19 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter. Proverbs 11:12-14 (in Context) Proverbs 11 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body. Proverbs 18:7-9 (in Context) Proverbs 18 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations Proverbs 20:19 He who goes… Read more »

gurmukh
gurmukh
7 years ago

Im new facebook user , this info. Is very helpful thank u

RAJENDRA KANPHADE
RAJENDRA KANPHADE
7 years ago

How to ensure that,this post is not a scam?

Sudeep
Sudeep
7 years ago

This site is very addictive. I never liked this site. All my friends had stopped meeting personally Even my relatives have stopped calling they will just put hi in the comments on FB.

So much for social networking.

Anbazhagan
Anbazhagan
7 years ago

Thanks for the info

Jitendra Waskel
Jitendra Waskel
7 years ago

Thank you for alerting us on Facebook scams . . .

ashutosh
ashutosh
7 years ago

thanx for alerting….this gonna help for safe browsing..

Haroon Efroze
Haroon Efroze
7 years ago

The face book users on social network should always remain alert and vigil against face book scams and fake inputs comprising hoax alerts of all sorts.

Haroon Efroze(M.A.,M D R T)

Azra
Azra
7 years ago
Reply to  Haroon Efroze

Thanks for the good advise.

Maqsood godil
Maqsood godil
7 years ago

Keep it up

Vijay Chandavale
Vijay Chandavale
7 years ago

A very nice informative article . It should be widely circulated to know all those using facebook frequently

Abhinay Kumar
Abhinay Kumar
7 years ago

Thanks for alerting me and it is very useful for user.

Karthik
Karthik
7 years ago

Thanks…

Subhankar Ray
Subhankar Ray
7 years ago

Thank you.

ravi
ravi
7 years ago

Thank you for alerting me on Facebook scams.

chitta
chitta
7 years ago

thanks for information.

Kainaaz
Kainaaz
7 years ago

This is in regard to the ‘Facebook Account Disabled Scam’. What i’d like to know is how do we know we have been directed to a third party page that looks exactly like Facebook but actually isn’t? Is there any way to determine that the page isn’t actually the real one? Would really appreciate tips in regard to determining that.

Also, when we encounter such a page telling us the FB account has been disabled how do we get back to the real FB page. This is indeed scary for a person like me who isn’t very comp tech savvy.

Kainaaz
Kainaaz
7 years ago
Reply to  Rajib Singha

Hi again, Rajib, thanks a ton. I always use the secure ‘https’ connection for FB. As for verifying the account on a 3rd party phishing scam, i was once directed to the ‘disabled page’.. I shut down the browser. Restarted the comp n the next time i tried logging in at FB i went to the login page as i usually do. I also am not in the habit of clicking on links.. In fact im paranoid about doing that n i am a QH user hence i think the ‘phishing protection’ on my comp is enabled by the QH… Read more »

Vishal
Vishal
7 years ago
Reply to  Rajib Singha

Thanks for your help.

Rahul
Rahul
7 years ago

HOW to identify weather its a fake post or malware post?

rahul
rahul
7 years ago
Reply to  Rajib Singha

is there any software to identify it?

SURANJAN SHAH
SURANJAN SHAH
7 years ago

Thanks for keeping me informed and updated. I appreciate it. Please keep this good work in progress.

Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar
7 years ago

Thank you very much…….. Facebook

Deep
Deep
7 years ago

Thanks many because I have come accrossed one

Manoj K R
Manoj K R
7 years ago

Thank you for the useful information…

s a satale
s a satale
7 years ago

THAnks a lot

Harshal
Harshal
7 years ago

Hallo Sir….!

This is very important for us. How to use or access social media safely.

Thank You For Sharing This valuable information.

Ashok
Ashok
7 years ago

good information

Dhruvee
Dhruvee
7 years ago

Its really gonna help us! Thankyou soo much!

Vanita Samat
Vanita Samat
7 years ago

Thanks Rajib.There was another video about the ambani car crash posted on fb.Are you aware about that? My friend said she had not posted it and when i clicked on it there were some details to b filled in before u could see it so i quit.

Arghya Patra
Arghya Patra
7 years ago

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Chandu
Chandu
7 years ago

good.. thanks for your feed back

Chandu
Chandu
7 years ago

Thanks for your valuable feedback..

Asmarina
Asmarina
7 years ago

The telephone scams on the rise too! and more dangerous than facebook scams, because of the identity theft. People should not trust and share information with companies they don’t require. Good post!

PREM KUMAR
PREM KUMAR
7 years ago

THANKS

Vivek Atale
Vivek Atale
7 years ago

Thanks Really Helpful

shambhu kumar
shambhu kumar
7 years ago

thanx alot 4 this valuable information

ravi
ravi
7 years ago

thank you..

Dev Kumar
Dev Kumar
7 years ago

Thanks The Guardian Security Team for making me alert. This will help me.

S.B.Khairwal.
S.B.Khairwal.
7 years ago

Thanks

Imran Khan
Imran Khan
7 years ago

thanks quick heal anti virus team…..all facebook user should obey to quick heal and get relief from hackers & to be from hacked……thanks a lot quick heal & it’s team…..

bishwanath
bishwanath
7 years ago

there r lots of account where person posts lots of porn pics but facebook never take any action against them while i have warn them so many times

Gurdev Singh
Gurdev Singh
7 years ago

Thanx for ur information. And can u Plz tell that I have seen a post on FB that “click on the image
And type 3 or 4 or whatever and see the magic. ” is this scam too.

sr kiran
sr kiran
7 years ago

DEAR SIR

Really good news from quickheal.com

keep up the good work.
Thanx a lot

kiran

shirish kale
shirish kale
7 years ago

Because many people are in search of exiting information these things happen. I personally feel that the best way to avoid such things is do not accept any friendship of people not at all known to you and also do not open mails information from unknown sites and people

SHEKHAR SAMUEL.
SHEKHAR SAMUEL.
7 years ago

THANKS FOR THE VALUABLE INFORMATION.

Ashish Mishra
Ashish Mishra
7 years ago

An interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

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dharmender gehlot
7 years ago

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AMBRISH K
AMBRISH K
7 years ago

THANKS

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