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Man Poses as Dead War Hero to Meet Girls on Facebook

If you're a spectacularly average guy looking for love on Facebook, you could spend some time meticulously crafting your profile with Photoshopped self-shots, or quirky interests, in an attempt to make yourself seem more handsome and/or interesting than you really are. Or, if you have absolutely no soul whatsoever, you could just pretend that you're a dead soldier, and use someone else's heroism...

'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...

New 'awkwardhaha' Video Scam Hits Facebook

This latest Facebook scam shouldn't be too hard to spot for anyone even slightly versed in the world of Internet malfeasance. It all starts with a post on your wall by a friend that reads "Hey, [your name here]!! What the heck are you doing in this video! LOL" followed by a link to a Facebook app. It's basically the same template used by the "coooooL video" scam and its ilk, except your name is...

2.2 Million E-Mail Addresses and VINs Stolen From Honda

Honda has begun to reach out to the 2.2 million customers who have had their names, e-mail addresses and vehicle identification numbers (VINs) poached by hackers that infiltrated the car company's database. Honda's luxury brand Acura also had its systems hacked, but only e-mail addresses were stolen. The cause for concern here is obvious. With names, e-mails and VINs in hand, it would be easy for...

'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...

'Who Has Deleted Ya' Scam Hits Facebook

Share There's a brand new piece of spamware making the rounds on Facebook, and, like so many others before it, this scam attracts users with empty promises of features that Facebook doesn't actually offer. As All Facebook reports, the scam is currently spreading via Wall posts that read: "i cant believe how many people av removed me from your friends list! well i kno who you all r now, &...

Dancing Snowman Scam Floods Facebook

Yet another Facebook scam is on the loose, and this one uses adorable snowmen and holiday cheer to weasel its way past your defenses. You might have already noticed it -- your friends posting messages that read, "wow I just got a Free Dancing Snowman for my farm grab yours from..." with a link at the end. From here, the scam seems designed to trick you into reposting the original message, and...

Crooks Scoring Refunds With Faked Amazon Receipts

In a scam discovered by security firm GFI, crooks are targeting Amazon this busy holiday season by using software to create fake Amazon receipts. The scammers then present the receipts for the bogus purchases to Amazon, claiming they never received their order and demanding a refund. Apparently a rather trusting company, Amazon assumed that, for whatever reason, the order was not processed...

'OMG' Facebook Scam Doesn't Let You See Who Viewed Your Profile

Share Yet another scam is making its way around Facebook, and it's affecting a disturbingly high number of users. As Sophos explains, the scam is spreading via Wall posts that read: "OMG OMG OMG... I cant believe this actually works! Now you really can see who viewed your profile!" Once the attached link is clicked, you're redirected to a rogue application that requests access to your Facebook...

Justin Bieber Isn't Hitting Girls -- It's Just Another Facebook Scam

OMG, guys! Justin Bieber punched a girl! No, he didn't. But -- from distracting beach babes to 'Dislike' buttons -- every Facebook scam targets our deepest desires, and this latest one is no different. Whether you're a tween 'Tiger Beat' fan or a gentleman who takes his teen pop with a side of schadenfreude, you would probably not be able to resist a link that promises to show you Bieber...

British Teen Rhys Morgan Tweets to Raise Awareness About Fake Drug

We all know that we can't trust everything we read on the Web, yet when many of us get sick, we still tend to seek medical advice online before consulting doctors or health care professionals. Although some online sources do offer valid, fact-based advice, others can often misinform and mislead curious web surfers, who may suffer severe health consequences as a result. Rhys Morgan, a 15-year-old...

New York Dock Workers Use Facebook, Twitter to Pull Off $7 Million Stock Fraud

There was once a time when crooked dock workers pulled off relatively straightforward, conventional crimes, like drug smuggling or human trafficking. Today's law-breaking longshoremen, however, are apparently expanding and embellishing their criminal operations, thanks to social networking. As Reuters reports, federal prosecutors have charged 11 suspects, including one New York Harbor...

Best Buy Wants $30 to Turn on Your PlayStation 3, Press a Button

This sign was found in the Best Buy on Staten Island (the same store where your writer has laughed in the faces of sales reps on several occasions). Over there on the right is an offer for a 120GB PS3 Slim for $329.98. The problem? The list price for that console is $299.99. The only explanation is that the extra $30 is being charged because this device has had its "firmware updated." Of course,...

Searching for 'Free' Content Is Risky, Often Tied to Malware

According to a new study from McAfee, searching for "free" things online can significantly increase your chances of landing on a site with malicious software. In the report (PDF), McAfee addresses the "true cost of free entertainment," suggesting that searches for free music or ringtones can increase the chances of finding a malicious site by 300-percent, while searching for the lyrics of a...