Scammers never feel ashamed and are always waiting for opportunities to create new scams in order to earn money out of them. The whole world is currently grieving on the news of the death of Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple and revolutionized technology. Scammers on the other hand are taking advantage of it and are spreading scams across the social network giant, Facebook.
News broke out earlier today that Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56, and scammers took quick advantage of this sad news by creating scams which indicate that “Apple is giving away free iPads“, “In memory of Steve, a company is giving out 50 ipads tonight. R.I.P. Steve Jobs” and “Apple is giving away 1000 limited editions iPad 2′s“.
In Memory of Steve Jobs, Apple has decided to give away 1000 Limited Edition iPad 2′s
To celebrate the life of their founder, Apple have decided to give away 1000 Limited Edition iPad’s to honour Steve, who passed away yesterday.
A similar scam that went viral on Facebook that used bit.ly URL service, was shut down after Graham Cluely of Sophos reported about the scam. However, that didn’t stop the scammers from posting more scams and creating Facebook pages, which are now attracting over thousands of users.
Quite recently, scammers took advantage of the Oslo bombings and spread a Fake Oslo Bombing Video Scam. Earlier they had exploited Ryan Dunn’s death and spread a scam about Ryan Dunn’s LAST WORDS EXCLUSIVE Video.
With over 800 million confirmed users on Facebook, scammers certainly have a very good opportunity to exploit users and make money. They trick users by creating such scams and ultimately get them into answering online surveys.
Users generally fall for such scam messages, and post thousands of positive comments stating that they have likedand sharedthe page with their friends. This makes the other Facebook users think that the offer is genuine, and thus the chain continues.
When users click on scam links, they will be taken to bogus websites where they will be asked to complete online surveys or download malicious programs. These malware programs are designed to gather user information including email ids, user names, passwords and credit card details. Sometimes these malicious programs are downloaded automatically where users are blindly infected.
It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.
Facebook has partnered with a security firm WebSense, which will identify malicious and dangerous links on the social network and warn users for the same before opening the site. Additionally, Facebook officially launched a document called Guide To Facebook Securitywhich will help its users understand the social network’s security features and possible ways to protect their account from threats like malware and phishing attacks.
As a tribute, we at Techie Buzz presented some of Steve Jobs best speech moments videos. Don’t forget to share the post with your friends and pay tribute to the great icon.
Here’s the video of Steve Jobs who gave an inspiring speech at Stanford University in 2005 -