Social Media

Top Ten Facebook Scams to Avoid

If you have been on Facebook for any length of time, then you know full well how scam and spam laden the site can be. Scammers love crowds, and there isn’t one bigger than Facebook. Some of these scams are phishing schemes trying to obtain your username and password, while others end in surveys or other bogus offers. Several have been known to spread viruses and other malware, so it’s important to keep anti-virus software installed and updated. Profile Viewers and Profile Blockers – These scams promise to show you who has been looking at your profile or who has blocked you from theirs. NONE of these apps work. Facebook doesn’t give the developers access to the data required to create them. Free iPads & iPhones – Don’t be fooled by messages stating you can test and keep an iPad, iPhone etc. These are all marketing gimmicks. Bogus Facebook Contests, Sweepstakes & Promotions – These are advance fee scams. The scammer typically sends a message from a hacked account advising the target they have won a large sum of money. The catch is that you must pay a ‘processing fee’ to claim the winnings. If you have to pay money before receiving money, then it’s a…