Facebook Scams; Anyone Can Fall Victim!

Facebook Scams; Anyone Can Fall Victim!

Facebook Scams

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Looking for information on the Facebook scam virus?  Facebook now has a billion users. Unfortunately some of them are crooks and scammers. So keep an eye out for these popular popular categories of scam baits used by cyber-criminals to trick Facebook users.

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Anyone could fall victim to Facebook scams, such as the classic “guess who viewed your profile” scam and others, Bitdefender behavior analysts warn. A two-year study by the antivirus software provider reveals that scammers infect millions of Facebook users with the same repackaged tricks. The team of behavior analysts and psychologists analyzed the five scam categories and revealed there is no such thing as a typical victim profile.

Still, the psychological analysis revealed a strong correlation between victims and the less informed, especially when it comes to how Facebook works. While almost half of social media e-threats prey on users’ curiosity to check who viewed their profile, almost one in three scams attract victims with features Facebook doesn’t have, such as dislike buttons and different timeline colors.

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Bogus giveaways, such as free Disneyland tickets and game points, account for 16.51 per cent of the numerous scams in the last two years, while celebrity sex tapes account for 7.53 per cent. Facebook scams are monetized through fraudulent surveys or Trojans mining for banking and browser passwords.

Though still a niche category, atrocity videos are gaining popularity, Bitdefender security researchers warn. “Like and share” schemes using horrendous images, such as maimed animals, suffering children, and tortured women, now account for almost 1 percent of all scams, according to the study.

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Source: Bianca Stanescu

Image source: Andrea De Pieri