Four Facebook Scams That Will Slow You Down and Could Hurt You
Have you ever wondered if there are Facebook scams that can hurt you? I have. After viewing some pages that I was somewhat interested in, all of the sudden I “Like” more than I actually do. It’s easier to get scammed on Facebook than you might think. So don’t “Like” random things because you can get scammed. Here are four of the most common scams and how they get you.
According to Facecrooks.com, Yahoo News, and USA Today; Beware of these;
1) Like Farming.
How many ‘Likes” can we get…this is that one where you see the picture of a sick kid in the hospital, holding up a sign that says “If I get a million likes, I might not get a new liver. Do NOT like this photo . . . there’s no sick kid waiting for a transplant.
It’s called “Like” farming. When you “Like” a post, Facebook puts a copy of that post on all your friends’ news feeds. If they Like it too, it spreads to their friends. After 100,000 Likes, the page owner puts up ads, which then show up in ALL of your news feeds.
2) Celebrity Sex Tapes.
Even though this one has been around a while, it never goes away. Hey, it’s exciting. You click on a link that promises a new Rihanna sex tape, or Taylor Swift, or whoever. It takes you to a site where you fill out a survey, but you never get to see the tape. Meanwhile, the website is making nasty posts in YOUR NAME on all your friends’ timelines.
And more likely than not, it’s loading malware onto your computer. Yikes! Anything from stealing your personal data, to spying on you with your own webcam.
3) Who Viewed My Profile? This is still one of the most popular Facebook scams by far. There’s no legitimate way to check who views your page. Facebook doesn’t release that information to anyone. It even uses your own friends’ profile pictures to gain your trust. But then you’re prompted to install a new browser extension. And those can record everything you enter on other websites, or even take over your whole profile.
This one advertises an app that will allow you to change your profile to a different color. But if you’re like most people, you’ve been on Facebook for YEARS already . . . and you’ve NEVER seen a profile that’s not blue. Instead it takes you to another website, where you’re asked to fill out a short survey. And the information you give is sold to marketing companies, who turn around and fill up the world with more spam. And if you entered your email address . . . forget about it.
So take note of these things and enjoy your social networking scam free. Remember, we promise NOT to scam you when you “Like” Lite 98.7 on Facebook.