Facebook scams

Facebook has become the world’s most popular social media web site.  And that means the scammers aren’t far behind.

One scam offers a Facebook “dislike button.” This did not exist, but if you clicked on it, they took control of your Facebook accounts.

Another scam targeted users for a fake Apple iPad test in order to “phish” their personal data.

Another popular Facebook scam was a fake contact from Facebook security about a change in password, with an attached zip file that down loaded a Trojan horse. The way to avoid these is to never trust anything you get in e-mail unless you check it directly with the company first, and NEVER download an executable file (ending in .exe).

Also, you may have been sent a link to a video from a Facebook friend.  These viral videos claim to show everything from grisly footage of Osama bin Laden’s death to the latest celebrity hijinks.  When you click on the link, you are prompted to “upgrade your Flash player,” but the file you end up downloading contains a worm that logs into your social media account, sends similar messages to your friends, and searches for your personal data.

It’s best to avoid clicking on videos sent to you by friends on Facebook.

 

 

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