Did anybody tell you to watch out for the latest Facebook Scams in 2017 and beyond. Maybe not!
Are you safe...?
Your guess is as good as mine...
Latest Facebook Statistics:
- 1.23 billion daily active users on average for December 2016
- 1.15 billion Mobile daily active users on average for December 2016
- 1.86 billion Monthly active users as of December 31, 2016
- 1.74 billion Mobile monthly active users as of December 31, 2016
- Approximately 85.2% of our daily active users are outside the US and Canada
With this juicy stats who won’t love you?
There is always the potential to steal, destroy and literally kill someone on Facebook. Scams on Facebook is real - so are the growing scammers list on Facebook.
Scammers love Facebook. The main reason why there is a new scam on Facebook everyday because they find a powerful platform to try out their scams in front of such a huge audience.
If you and I can’t do away with Facebook, then we must all endure a deluge of spam posts, bogus applications bent on stealing our personal data, and every other kind of con and hoax you can think of.
Here are a number of Facebook scams around today.
You should keep an eye on the following tricks:
Latest Facebook scams #1: The weird absence of important buttons
The absence of a Dislike button, who's viewing my profile, and other very relevant buttons on Facebook leaves much to be desired.
For some reason the Facebook with all its clout and reverence doesn't want negativity on their site.
That should be a good thing, right?
However, it’s rather destroying many people on the biggest social media platform.
Facebook complaints keep on growing, but who cares?
Over the years Facebook have been rolling out new features like the "timeline" and "ticker" and they keep on giving us something new almost every week, but nothing with respect to a dislike button.
If you’ll not give a dislike button to your cherished users, then scammers would use it to destroy your users.
Scammers plant “dislike buttons” with malicious hidden codes on peoples profile – you click it and valuable data is either stolen from your account or a malicious malware (virus) is installed on your device.
The trick is that scammers are all about using something they know you and I and in fact, everybody wants such as (the dislike button) to bait people into clicking a link and installing malware on their computer.
NOTE: If Facebook ever does add the dislike button, every major news media in the world will be all over it, don't worry, you will get to know about it.
Don't believe any claim that installing a special app or clicking a button will add the dislike button to your account.
With the advent of a similar but not so negative alternative - "How do I feel about this post" option, offering a way to effectively dislike something, this scam will eventually lose its relevance and drop off the list of tricks scammers use.
Latest Facebook scams #2: My friend got a free gift and I can too.
Another tricky Facebook promo scam.
People love ‘not worked for”, cheap and free things too much.
specially – “menua nom Ghanafoכ”.
As soon as we see on a friend’s wall that he/she got a free something, we instantly want that free something too. Almost immediately.
Like “Give me that something some” …hehe
The fact that you saw on a friend or family member’s wall that they just got a free IPhone, iPad or even a car doesn’t mean it is legitimate or true.
Did I mention a car?
There are some who think that they can get these outrageous gifts online without lifting a figure. That’s how amazing some people can think. And for that matter, these manipulator's do satisfy your curiosity.
In fact, we all fall for some of these enticements.
They are not real.
Perish that thought that your life is suddenly going to change on the internet. You better start working on your CV.
There are opportunities and in fact many opportunities to earn and create wealth online but it takes dedication, relevant skills and hard work, just like any other business venture.
Your friend likely installed a bogus app that takes advantage of the "allow friends to post to my wall" feature on Facebook.
The app that he installed posted the scam message on his wall and automatically on the wall of all his friends making it look as if it was from him. He probably has no idea how it even happened.
How to find this latest Facebook scam:
This scam is easy to verify by checking to see if the same message is posted on the walls of some of your mutual friends. Let your friend know he can stop waiting for the postman to deliver his iPhone or car because, alas, it's not going to arrive.
Latest Facebook scams #3: I need HELP....!!
I'm soso and so, your best friend - I'm stranded in a far country and have lost my wallet and/or passport. Could you please wire me some money?
This is any hacker’s first point of call.
Impersonation is always the first option.
It was more prevalent with email hacker’s but now Facebook and other social media platforms are gradually becoming a perfect breeding ground.
When hackers break into a facebook account, they will often try and impersonate the person whose account they compromised and try and take money from their friends.
Here, your close friends may think that you are in trouble and in dire need of cash. Mostly, your friends may fall for this scam before you can contact them to let them know it's a scam.
What to do about this Facebook scam alert:
Warn your friends and loved ones of this reality. Don’t think it can’t happen to you. Who knows, you may be next.
Latest Facebook scams #4: Facebook is going to start charging, pay your fees Here....
You probably have seen this many times.
Especially, during the early stages of WhatsApp. “Do this or that to keep using WhatsApp for free”
Scammers and Facebook scams thrive where the audience is large. They know they would get greedy, starving and careless people to steal from.
This newest Facebook scam has many variations but the premise is fairly simple.
All scammers do is tell their victims that Facebook is now going to start charging users for their accounts.
And that if you don't pay, your account and all your gossips, spying and your friends pictures/videos they've posted over the years that you envy and want to keep will all be deleted.
Oh no! I need to do something about this – you say.
Some of these scams will even take users to a page where they can "pay their dues". Of course all they end up doing is paying these scammers who now have their credit card information.
Beware and be weary of the latest Facebook scams around...
Which of these scams have you encountered before and what was your reaction. Did you respond with caution or you were nearly blackmailed.
Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.