It’s 2017 and there are already a number of new Facebook scams to hoodwink innocent users of the social networking platform. In this post i will share these scams on Facebook or should we call them fb scams 2017. Facebook scams of 2017 is now one of the most search term on Google. Facebook did take some action in helping users by alerting them. However, these facebook scams do continue to cheat users. Here are some of the latest scams and to avoid them.
1. ‘Send Me Money Scam’
It is likely that you may have received a request on your Facebook messenger from some unknown persons claiming he or she has was stranded somewhere an island or has gone bankrupt. The usual practice is that person will request you to send him or her a certain amount of to his Facebook account linked to a bank so that he or she could return home while promising to give back once he is home safely. Facebook has clearly stated that such requests are total scams and fake. Please note that there are no no such Facebook accounts. It is best you block such people on Facebook, even your own friends if you receive messages like that as it will indicate that their accounts may have been hacked.
Phishing is a big issue in social media. For those who don’t know what is phishing, it is the attempt to steal sensitive data such as your username, password and credit card details by scammers who disguise themselves as a trustworthy entity. Many users who click on untrustworthy website links fall to the bait and the last Microsoft Computing Safer Index Report released in February 2014 said phishing is a big industry which could be be as high as $5 billion.
Phishing is the most common type of scams seen in Facebook. So, be careful of website links you get from people. Most of these messages will tell you to click such web links to get prizes, free mobile data or cash. Remember, such messages will also come from your friends who unknowingly forward the same messages to you after they received such messages via messenger or your Facebook wall. If you receive such messages, report it immediately.
So far, phishing is one of the most common Facebook scams 2017. Such messages are common even in WhatsApp. You must have seen such messages while you are chatting even with your friends. For example: You may get a free data offer message from people claiming to be from Vodafone like this – ‘Get 5BG data free by visiting this link www.vodafone-free-data-offer.com‘. Take a look at this link carefully. Do you notice something unusual? It is right? Legit Vodafone website link in will not have a – (dash). It will have something like Vodafone.com or if it is an offer Vodafone.com/offer etc. Please report such accounts who forward such messages and Facebook team will take action.
3. Malicious Scripts and Emails
While using Facebook, you may have witness some Facebook applications telling you to copy a script and then paste it on your web browser URL. If you do it, such applications will reveal a list of profiles. It will also hack into your Facebook account and send multiple events and messages from your account to all your friends. They could even send pornographic messages/links to your friends.
Sometimes, these scammers will directly send emails to you regarding the necessity to “reset your Facebook password”. The email will look extremely genuine and it will easily misled you. Please remember that Facebook will never ask you your password, except when you are logging in to your account.
The cyber world like the real world is also full of people who wanted to target easy prey. They are always on the look out for new and creative methods to cheat innocent people. Such entities could be individual or government agencies trying to spy on their citizens and so forth. So, the best thing you can do is – Precautions! So, to be safe from Facebook scams, be on alert and remember the issues mentioned above. If you came across other facebook scams in 2017, please do share such messages in the comment box.