Don’t “Like” Facebook Scams
Whenever I speak I love to give my audience the most up-to-date information I can. I was recently researching newer scams to share with an audience for a speech I was giving and came across some startling information about the fast-growing world of Facebook scams.
Did you know that presently there are estimated to be over 850,000 active Facebook scams? This information comes from Bitdefender, a leading computer security firm. What’s more, a report from the Pew Research Center for the Internet, Science, and Tech in April of 2014 showed that:
- 59% of people ages 65 and up use the internet, up 6% over a year.
- 71% of seniors ages 65-74 go online.
- 46% of online seniors use social networking sites and socialize more frequently than others, raising their risk for getting caught in a scam on Facebook or another social media site.
Here are 3 of the top scams on Facebook:
- The “imposter friend request” scam: A scammer copies the information and photo of someone you know and then sends you a “friend request.” If you don’t check it out by looking at your actual friend’s page and accept the request from the scammer, they can steal information that allows them to potentially steal your identity. People also report that they receive scammy notices of sweepstakes wins or grants they are due to receive.
- Free giveaway scams: Everything from expensive electronics to hand lotions have been the purported “free gifts” to the uninformed or unwary. Seeing a notice on Facebook that you’ve won something should set off the same warning bells for you as getting one of those sketchy “You’ve won a prize” phone calls. Clicking on the link can take the victim to a website designed to steal their personal information, download malware, or both.
- “Who viewed your profile?” scams: According to the BBB this is one of the most common Facebook scams out there. Keep this in mind: Facebook doesn’t allow you to see who viewed your profile. Never click on anything that says you can see who viewed your Facebook page.
Facebook and other social media sites can be a lot of fun and a great way to keep up with family and friends, but keep the 3 R’s of Scam Prevention with you at all times: Recognize, Respond, and Reach Out.
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