With the growing number of social media scams, Facebook scams are by far among the trickiest. Because FB got the biggest number of users as compared to other social media networks, it becomes more appealing for online scammers. I have thus collected top 5 scams that you should know about as a Facebook user.
“Like” to get free gift cards
Facebook is full of the call to actions that encourage to “like” pages or to invite friends into groups. The scammers usually promise free gift cards or other presents per share or per click on the link. These are lies, for no one is going to give you any gifts for just liking or sharing a page.
Common scammers might also ask you to fill in online questionnaires and to provide personal data. As soon as you do this, they will use your name, phone number, and other data to harass you through other online channels.
Customize your Facebook account interface
This might include changing your profile colors or layout or adding a special “Dislike” button. The Facebook color change application is actually a survey scam. If you click to run the app, it will ask to access your Facebook data and will then send spam to your friends. Also, before even doing anything for you, the app will ask you to fill in a survey where you will be asked to provide personal data.
Note that if Facebook ever launches customization features, it will let its users know about it first. This means that there is no need to trust some suspicious apps.
Who viewed my profile and for how many times?
I understand that it would be really fun to know who viewed our profiles and for how many times they did it. However, if an app offers to let you know who viewed your profile, then some Facebook scams might be working here. The truth is that Facebook does not let its users see who visited their profiles or who watched their photos. Additionally, Facebook removes all apps that spam around and that claim they can tell you who visited your profile.
Strange photos and videos you get tagged in
You can get odd photos and videos either in your Facebook inbox, on your wall, or on the news feed. If you see a friend asking to click on a strange link or to check out an odd image, then most probably there is something wrong with it.
Usually, such let’s say “invitations” are supposed to contain shocking or amusing content. Some of them seem to be about celebrities or about someone’s personal life. By clicking on those links, you might be asked to install zip files that can, later on, harm your computer.
Giving too many permissions to third parties
By giving too many permissions to third-party apps and tools, you are risking to get into trouble. Another common Facebook scam involves accessing too much of the user’s personal data such as their IP address, device details etc.
Sometimes, online fraud can be as dangerous as the real one is. With these 5 Facebook scams in mind, you can now be more careful about online fraud. Do not hesitate to contact a lawyer if your identity has been stolen or you have got copyright problems.