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Latest Scam Claims Facebook is Deleting Accounts

Haven't you ever heard the old adage, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is"? Well it doesn't just apply to things that are "good" -- it works for just about anything that sounds a bit unbelievable, like that Facebook is going to close all user accounts. It's not gonna happen. That hasn't stopped a new scam from spreading via a rogue app that posts the following message to your...

'My Total Facebook Views' Scam Hits Facebook, With Inflated Numbers and Spam

Share If you've avoided clicking on any Facebook posts promising to show you your 'Total Facebook Views,' give yourself a round of applause -- because it's just a scam. The spammy posts seem to be originating from various sources, but they all boast essentially the same syntax. A typical post from a friend who fell for the trick will read: "My total facebook views are: [random number]. Find...

'1st St@tus' Facebook Scam Promises First Status Update, Delivers Annoyance

Share Sophos has unearthed a new '1st St@tus' Facebook scam that, like many others before it, is spreading like wildfire via suspiciously spammy Wall posts. The fraudulent posts read, "My 1st St@tus was: '[random message].' This was posted on [random date]," followed by a link, where other users can allegedly find their very own first 'st@tus.' Clicking on the link will take you to a Facebook...

'Teenage Mom Jailed' Scam Slowly Spreading Across Facebook

Share It may be the holiday season, but scammers don't take vacations. If you spot a post in your Facebook news feed about a teenage mother being jailed for posting a "disgusting photo" of her baby, don't click on it. The link leads to a Blogspot page that asks you to 'Like' the site and share the link with your Facebook friends in order to view the story. Of course, this is just the first of...

'American Guy Stoned to Death' Scam Hits Facebook

If you come across any Facebook posts about an American guy being stoned to death, ignore them; they're just part of yet another scam. Many of the posts currently circulating around the social network read: "This American GUY must be stoned to De@th for doing this to a GIRL." Others have a more holiday-themed touch: "This American GUY must be Stoned to De@th for doing this to a GIRL on...

Facebook Security: How to Spot, Engage and Disarm Scams and Spam

Today, Facebook is home to over 500 million users -- and plenty of scams. The site, after all, is tailor-made for viral sharing and provides an all-too easy way for hackers and spammers to spread malicious worms. And, unfortunately, many of them succeed, simply because Facebook users continue to fall for their tricks. There are, however, a few steps you can take to guard against such virulent...

Dangerous 'LOL is this you?' Spam Hits Facebook Chat

Share Over the weekend, Facebook investigated spam that was plaguing users via Facebook chat. According to CNET News, a victim received a friend's Facebook chat message, which read, "LOL is this you?" and contained a link. Upon clicking the link, the user was sent to a 404-error page, which compromised his or her account, and then used it to spam other Facebook friends. This outbreak is similar...

New Clickjacking Scam Hits Facebook, Tries to Charge Your Phone Bill

The security experts over at Sophos have just unearthed a new clickjacking scam making its way around Facebook, and, if you fall prey to it, you might end up losing some cash. This latest scam looks similar to a previous worm that spread throughout Facebook by tricking users into "liking" malicious pages. Instead of exploiting the "like" button, though, this new "sharejack" scam relies on the...

Hacker Hawking Facebook Accounts at Rock-Bottom Prices

Even though Facebook is loaded with spam and scams, the service has maintained a reputation as being the trustworthy social network, largely thanks to its requirement that users post their real names. The public's trust makes hacked Facebook profiles a valuable commodity for those who make their livings in the Internet black market. Researchers at VeriSign are tracking one hacker's efforts to...

Facebook Overhauls Safety Center, Loads it With Good Advice

Share Facebook wants you to know it takes your online safety very seriously. So seriously, in fact, it has launched a completely redesigned Safety Center, dedicated to offering tips, tricks and advice on how to keep yourself, your children and others free from danger while enjoying the wonders of social networking. The center, with tips for general protocol, as well as categories dedicated to...

Free Gift Card Scams Hit Facebook

Share Last week, your devoted Switched writer was, himself, hit with one of these new, fraudulent Facebook gift card invites -- in the form of a promised $500 certificate to Whole Foods (sent from a trusted friend, no less). Amateur gastronome that he is, his common sense was momentarily besieged by the promise of no-strings organic produce. Thankfully, though, after noticing that the invite...