Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites. As of now it has 1.11 billion active users. With so much popularity Facebook is now one of the premier targets for the spammers and hackers. Cyber crime is certainly not a new concept but with extensive use of the social networking sites it is now committed on a very large scale.
Frankly speaking most of the users on Facebook are not aware of the precautions that must be taken so that their account can be protected and their privacy can be maintained. So many cases have been registered in last few years in which users have been cheated on Facebook. To enlighten the readers and create awareness among them, we have prepared a list of the 10 common Facebook scams and frauds which can ruin your life long savings as well as peace. You should pay attention to it and act accordingly, so that you are not the next one to get caught in the web of the spammers. Take a look.
10. Fake Login Page
For spammers, fake login page is one of the easiest ways to con somebody. In this type of scam, the spammer designs an identical Facebook login page. Once you enter the Facebook URL in your web browser you get redirected to this fake login page because of the false application present into your system. You will not get even a slight hint that something is wrong. Now here once you enter the username and password, it gets stored into the database of the scammers. They then use your login credential to access your personal data. Always check the URL of the login page before entering your username and password.
9. Affinity Fraud
Affinity Fraud is very common now a day. In this type of conning scheme, the spammer steals the identity of some other person and tries to con you. Affinity Fraud can be easily done on Facebook as most of the users have friends that they don’t know personally. These people offer some kind of deals to the users. Sometimes it is seen that they ask users to invest into something which will give huge profit after the specified duration and people fall for it for making easy money. Make it very clear in your mind that these are certain conning strategies which are designed to make you a victim in their conspiracy and these people will certainly misuse your trust.
8. Contrived Community
Every day the Facebook “Like” button is pressed for about record 3.2 billion times and for the felons this is one of the few easiest methods to hijack your private data. Many of you must be must have clicked on like button of various communities without knowing much about it. In some of the recent cases it is has been detected that by clicking on the like button you may unknowingly allow an unauthorized application to run. All your personal data including you passwords and conversations will be in direct access of the hackers then. So next time before accepting the request from any community, please make sure that the community is linked to a renowned organisation else just reject the request.
7. Koobface Virus
Its name sounds like a cartoon name but Koobface virus has affected so many people on Facebook. Once you get attacked by the Koobface virus, it automatically sends messages to entire people in your friend list and posts some odd pictures or shocking videos on your friend’s wall. Every day you may see many people becoming dupe of this virus. You will be attracted by some exciting video and once you click on it, a new pop up window will open which will ask you to update your Adobe Flash Player. Once you click on the update button, you will end up downloading an application which will do these things without your consent. Whenever you are in such situation and you are asked to update your Flash Player, just cancel the request and to examine the authenticity by going to the Adobe’s official page and get the updates if necessary.
6. Malware Attack
Malware is one of the most vital weapons used by the fraudsters to harm people over the internet. These spammers and hackers constantly develop new malwares that can enter your system and so they can get access to your personal data. On Facebook these fraudsters have posted many strange links with eye catching captions so that people gets attracted towards it. Once you click on these links, it will automatically download the malware and will get installed without even giving you a slight hint. It is very important for everyone to protect yourself from these malwares. Having a good antivirus may help but why to take a risk and invite trouble. Stay away from such malwares.
Clickjacking is a kind of spam which is very annoying for the users on Facebook. The hackers have found a way by which once you click on “Like” button, unknowingly you will also be clicking on the invisible “Like” button which is placed just behind it. You will be then redirected to some other page where you will be asked to fill some forms mentioning your personal data to view the content. In some instances you are asked to take part in some online surveys. Now since you have clicked on the “Like” button, your like will be registered and your friends will now be able to watch it in their feeds. They will assume it to be genuine considering you have seen it and will end up getting cheated same as you have been.
4. IQ Quiz Ads
There are hell lot of advertisement now displayed on Facebook and for the Facebook management team this is the biggest burden to authenticate if the advisement is genuine or is misleading. Among such misleading advertisement is IQ Quiz ads. Many users have installed the IQ Quiz application so that there IQ level can be increased. Once you start using this application you will find out that there will be advertisement shown at some point. If by any means you click on this advertisement, you will be redirected to one webpage which will ask you to answer ten simple questions and in the end it will ask you to enter your mobile number to view the scores. Now here I recommend that please do not enter your mobile number there as you will be charged around 10 US dollars per week. It is shocking to learn but it’s true. Many people have paid for this!
3. Commandeering Accounts
Commandeering Account is an instance when the fraudster logs into some other persons account using username and password obtained by unfair means. Once they come online they misuse the person’s account and access his or her personal data. In the recent events on Facebook, the fraudsters have then run so many schemes using the victim’s profile. “The London Scam” is the prime example of this type of schemes. In this scam those people ask for money from the victim’s friend citing one or the other reasons for the need and cheat them. Try to be extra vigilant about your login credential. Never disclose it to anybody. Keep on changing your password from time to time to stay safe.
2. Widget Warrior
There are lots of third-party applications on Facebook and the users can select it as per their choice. But let me tell you, some of these widgets may sometime invite troubles for you. The crooked people are now using these third-party applications to steal your personal data. This type of fraud was discovered with the widget named as “Secret Crush”. This application was used to find out the secret admirers on Facebook but additionally while you allow this widget to get installed; it also installs a spyware which steals your personal data and send it to the felons. Always use the widgets from the reliable vendors only.
Phishing is one of the easiest ways because by which your Facebook account can get compromised. Till date there have been so many cases of phishing scams on Facebook. The hackers use the Facebook account of the user without their consent and using the profile, they attract user’s friend to watch a funny video. Once the person clicks on that link, a new pop up window asks to fill some personal data to view the video. On some occasions these pop-up windows may congratulate you for having won some dollars and for collecting it, it will ask you to fill the bank account and credit card number. Countless people have got trapped into this type of scams. Please make it very clear that these types of schemes are just a way used by the felons to rob you.