Category Archives: Scams

Pics of Osama Bin Laden Are Finally Released – Twitter Phishing Attack

Since the death of the most wanted criminal, terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden, there have been several scams and phishing attacks spreading on Facebook and Twitter, which claimed to show a leaked death videoof the terrorist.

For a while, scams and phishing attacks related to Osama Bin Laden had stopped, but now phishers are once again on the look for naive Twitter users, promising and tricking them to show leaked pictures of Osama Bin Laden.

Users on Twitter are tweeting (RT) a message that states – “Pics of Osama Bin Laden Are Finally Released! [LINK] ::wanring very gorry::”. The same message is spreading with simplified content – “Pictures of Osama Bin Laden [LINK] that leads to a page”

Pics of Osama Bin Laden Are Finally Released - Twitter Phishing Attack

Clicking on the short URL will lead to a site which is a clone of Twitter home page. You are asked to login to Twitter by providing your username and password. Before you enter your login details, take a look at the URL in your browser’s address bar. You can see that it’s a fake URL and it is simply an attack to steal your login details.

If you enter your login credentials and click on Sign in button, your account details, including the password will be sent to the phisher via email. The phisher will then have complete control over your Twitter account, who can use your Twitter account by further spreading the scam message to your followers by tweeting and sending them private messages.

If you happen to use the same password in multiple places like Facebook and Gmail, it is likely that your other accounts might be compromised as well. This way, the phisher can steal more information for financial gain.

I suggest you to avoid clicking on the link and alert your followers about the attack. If you have mistakenly clicked on the link and entered your login details, then change the password of your Twitter and all other accounts immediately. Also, contact your followers to stop re-tweeting the message and ask them to change their account password as well.

Twitter has been a victim of  several  scams  in the  past, most of which were sent through direct messages (DM), however, the DM scams have come down considerably after Twitter employed a brilliant spam protection for DM messages. However, it looks like spammers have begun using the plain old email scams to trick users again.

Please feel free to retweet this post so that your friends and followers will be aware about the issue.

WIN 800 FV Cash and 50,000,00 Coins Free – Facebook Scam

A new Facebook Scam is underway and it similar to few earlier Scams where people were enticed to get Free Citiville coins, Free Facebook credits among other things. The scam is spreading through a Facebook event and is similar to earlier Facebook events scam one of which was see who viewed your profile on Facebook.

Win Cash Coins Facebook Scam

The scam is spreading with the following text:

WIN 800 FV CASH and 50,000,00 COINS FREE! (AVALIABLE NOW)

Location:

Time: ‎9:00AM Saturday, August 13th

Please note that the date, time and text of the event may be different for different people. The scam forces people to follow some simple steps as seen in the screenshot below when they click on the link. While the scam is innovative at best, it is being spread by users who are actually clicking on the "I’m Attending button" and does not hijack a user account.

Win Cash Facebook Event

However, users who follow the final step in the event will basically be redirected to a Facebook app, which will then be redirected to a spam website which will ask users to fill out a survey. Filling out the survey will make money for the scammer while you get nothing.

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.

Here is an article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams. We have also compiled a list of Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook on Facebook for you to look through and avoid. You might also want to use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook.

Facebook Says Phone Numbers “Published” is Fake

A chain message that erupted on Facebook sometime back is spreading like wildfire, and has left the Facebook team annoyed. The message states that Facebook has published phone numbers of all users under Accounts > Edit Friends > Contacts page.

Well, it’s true that if you go to the Contactspage in your Facebook account, all the phone numbers of your friends will be displayed. However, this isn’t what Facebook has intentionally published, but it is the users themselves who have made it available for others.

The phone numbers displayed are of those users who have ‘permitted’ Facebook to display it to either everyoneor just friendsor to none. As a matter of fact, the Contact list, which was earlier known as Phonebook, has existed for a long time.

Also Read: How To Delete Phonebook Contacts From Facebook

The rumor spread on almost everyone’s news feed and eventually spammed the network, driving the Facebook officials crazy and making them make an official statement announcing/stating that it is a rumor.

Facebook Phone Number Published - Hoax

Rumors claiming that your phone contacts are visible to everyone on Facebook are false. Our Contacts list, formerly called Phonebook, has existed for a long time. The phone numbers listed there were either added by your friends themselves or made visible to you, or you have previously synced your phone contacts with Facebook. Just like on your phone, only you can see these numbers.

Here’s the message that has been spreading on Facebook

THIS IS NOT A JOKE, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY** ALL THE PHONE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE are now on Facebook! No joke – go to the top right of the screen, click on Account, then click on Edit Friends, go left on the screen and click on Contacts. All phone numbers are published!! Please repost this on your status, so your friends can remove their numbers if they do not want them published.

Facebook Phone Numbers Published - Hoax

To prevent your contact number from being displayed to your friends or anyone else, you can disable it from your account settings. To do so go to Account Settings > Privacy Preferences and click on “Customize settings” –

Facebook Privacy Settings

Clicking the Customize settingswill open a page where you can customize what information you want to share with your friends and everyone else. Scroll down, and at the bottom of the page you will find Contact Informationwhich has your address, IM screen name, email id and your contact numbers.

From the drop down menu, select Customizeand make your contact number visible only to you by selecting Only Me. Alternatively, you can add a list of people from whom you can hide your contact numbers.

Facebook Information Settings

Facebook scam messages are ever increasing and it’s quite hard to avoid them. Here is an article on  How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams

Other hoax messages spreading on Facebook that you should avoid re-posting –

 

Olympic Torch Invitation Virus Hoax Spreading on Facebook

Today, I came across a new hoax message that has gone viral on Facebook, which alerts users about a new virus program, which will download automatically and crash the user’s computer hard disk. Well, please note that this is a fake message and there is no such threat to any user.

PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS NOTICE TO YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CONTACTS! In the coming days, you should be aware@: Do not open any message with an attachment called: Invitation FACEBOOK, regardless of who sent it. It’s virus that opens an Olympic torch that burns the hard disc C of your computer. Virus will be received from someone in your address book .. If you receive mail called: Inviitation FACEBOOK, though sent by a friend, DO NOT OPEN IT and DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY.

The message is spreading in the above form and users are blindly sharing it on their walls. This is a fake message and there is no such virus spreading on Facebook. The fake message is similar to the one that was reported last year, which fooled users by stating that their Facebook account was suspended and required to complete a survey to reactivate it.

Olympic Torch Invitation Virus Hoax Spreading on Facebook

As you can see, users are thanking their friends for sharing the “vital information”, which clearly indicates that they have fallen for the fake message. Before you blindly share such messages on Facebook, please make sure that you verify it. Facebook will update their blog or Facebook Security page if there are any such threats.

If you come across this message on your Facebook news feed, remove/delete it by clicking the “X” mark on the top-right corner of the post. You can also request your friends to delete the post to avoid the message from spreading further.

If your computer is affected by a virus, then removing it is pretty simple. You just need to have a good  Antivirus  and  anti-spyware  software  on your computer and your PC should be safe. There are several  Free Antivirus  software available out there. You might also want to read our guides about  securing your PC  and  keeping your PC safe on the Internet.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about  Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams and Identifying and Avoiding Facebook Scams.

OMG!! Watch What Happened to His Ex Girlfriend when She Reveals a Secret – Facebook Scam

Right after I published a post on how one canon how one can avoid Facebook scams, I noticed a new scam message on my Facebook news feed. The scam titled – “OMG!! Watch what happened to his ex girlfriend when she reveals a secret” with an awful message that states This girl couldn’t walk for weeks after this… Genious revenge!”. The scam has occurred earlier  and has spread under several different messages.

OMG!! Watch What Happened to His Ex Girlfriend when She Reveals a Secret  Facebook Scam

The scam is spreading with messages like these among others:

  • She is due to go to the hospital after this, could not walk properly for days.
  • [Video] OMG! See what happened to his Ex Girlfriend!
  • LOL. She could not walk straight for days!

Clicking on the video link will open a page in a new tab in your browser where you will be asked to verify that you are over 13 years of age.  As you can see from the screenshot, there are two options – “Jaa” and “Peruuta” (Finnish words) which in  English  mean “Share” and “Cancel” respectively.

Clicking on any of these buttons  will like-jack your Facebook account and the message will be posted on your Facebook wall stating that you likethe video causing your friends to also fall for this trap.

OMG!! Watch What Happened to His Ex Girlfriend when She Reveals a Secret  Facebook Scam

You can mark the scam message as inappropriateby clicking the Xmark on the top-right corner of the message. Alternatively, you can report the scam to  Facebook Security.  Please feel free to share this post with your friends and family so that they are not tricked into clicking on the enticing message.

Facebook scam messages are ever increasing and it’s quite hard to avoid them. Here is an article on  How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams

Here’s an article on  Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams. We have also compiled a list of  Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  for you to look through.  You might also want to  use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook.

The First 50,000 Participants Will Get a Pair of Reebok Shoes Free – Facebook Scam

Yet another type of  scam  has surfaced on  Facebook. A message that is spreading across news feed with the title – “The first 50,000 participants Will Get a Pair of Reebok Shoes Free”. The scam offers you a free pair of Reebok shoes just by attending an event and likinga Facebook page.

The scam message attempts to trick users by asking them to likea Facebook page and stand a chance to win the shoes for free. According to the Facebook page, in order to participate, you have to click on the I’m Attendingbutton, and like We Love Cricket ClubFacebook page. Next, you have to share and invite at least 50 friends to the event. It gives a warning that if you do not complete the steps, the system will not register your details.

You will then have to write Attendingalong with your gender, shoe size, favorite cricket team and email id on its wall page. The scam states that it is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Only the first 50,000 participants stand a chance to win the prize.

Free Reebok Shoes - Facebook Scam

Scammers create such Facebook pages with names such as Apple iPad Beta Testers Wanted, Free Facebook Shoes, Free iPad Giveaway!” and so on, to target on people who desire to win free gifts. Facebook pages like this are created to upsurge the number of likes.

The ultimate goal of scammers is to get as many numbers of shares and likes. You’re just being fooled into “liking” the page which will gain you nothing. As soon as you “like” something on Facebook, the link is shared with your friends. They in turn may click on it – just as you did – and then continue spreading this nonsensicality.

Similarly, there are scams that download malicious programs on your computer without your knowledge. These programs may expose your credentials like credit card number and email id. So think twice before you click on any link or share something on Facebook.

And if you were already tricked into a scam like this despite being careful, then worry not. Here are a few things that might help you get rid of them –

Facebook Security Network – Phishing Attack

There are a dozen of scams spreading on Facebook every day. We constantly report Facebook scams, so that it helps users stay cautioned about it. Recently, a fake message that was spreading on Facebook stated – Lady Gaga was found dead in her hotel room. Well, scam messages like this are created in order to drive traffic to scammers’ websites or earn money.

Facebook is not just prone to scam messages, but also to phishing and malware attacks as well. There have been an increasing number of phishing and malware attacks recently. The latest in the series is a phishing attack that sent users a security message from fake Facebook Security Network. The message states that the user had violated the Facebook Terms of Services and requires completing a verification process.

The user is asked to click on a bogus link that leads to a fake account verification page. The message also gives a warning that Facebook account will be blocked, if the user does not verify his/her account in the next 24 hours.

Facebook Security Network - Phishing Attack

You can notice that the link provided to verify your account is a fake. It has the link – http://shortlink.tk/gh/accountconfirm which redirects again to  http://apps_facebook_account_help_center.cast.cc. Facebook does not create any short URLs when it comes to security related issues. Clicking on the link will take you to a page where you will have to go through the verification process.

During the process, you will be asked to enter your name, DOB, credit card number and your password. You will also be asked to enter your email id and password. Well, this not only hacks your Facebook account, but also your email account.

Facebook Security Network - Phishing Attack

At the end of the process, the details entered are sent to the scammers via email, and the scammer will have complete control over your accounts. It is recommended that you ignore the message and DO NOT click on any inappropriate links.  To protect against phishing scams, Facebook users should make sure that the URL they are visiting says “www.facebook.com.” If you find the URL to be different, but having a design similar to Facebook, then it is likely to be spam.

If you have accidently clicked on the link and completed the verification process, I advise you to immediately change the password of all your accounts.

There are over 750 million active users on Facebook, and its high time Facebook takes action against scammers and phishing attacks. Avoiding such scams are not an easy task, but you can always follow caution. Check out the following post on to how you can  use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook. We have compiled a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  that you might want to have a look at.

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Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room – Facebook Scam

Fans, please  beware! Lady Gaga is not dead. There’s a message that is spreading on Facebook that states that Lady Gaga was found dead in her hotel room. Well, this is a scam/fake message that scammers have created in order to drive traffic to their websites and make money.

The scam spreading is titled BREAKING: Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Roomwith a message that states This is the most awful day in US history.

Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room  Facebook Scam

Clicking on the scam link will take you to a page that is designed like the BBC News website. However, this is a fake page, and if you click on the play button, your Facebook account will be hijacked. The scam  click-jacks  and like-jacks your  Facebook  account by automatically posting and likingthe scam on your Facebook wall.

Lady Gaga Found Dead in Hotel Room  Facebook Scam

Scammers create scams with titles that make users’ curious to click on it. They take advantage of users’ curiosity and post messages with keywords like found dead, wardrobe malfunction, committed suicide, exposing titsand so on. This is done in order to drive traffic to their websites or earn money. Sometimes when users click on such scams, they are asked to complete a set of surveys. Scammers are paid a commission if they get users’ to complete surveys.

It is recommended that you remove this fake message from your Facebook news feed from further allowing it to spread. You can alternatively report this message as scam to Facebook Security.

We have uncovered several such  Facebook Scams  in the past, which include  sick videos of Miley Cyrus,showing what Justin Bieber did to a girl,  OMG Look What This Kid Did To His School,    Osama Bin Laden Dead Videos  and  Osama Bin Wikileaks Video  among others.

Avoiding such scams is not easy on Facebook, but you can always follow caution. Clif has written a nice post on  How To Avoid Facebook LIfeJacking Scams, it is definitely a worthwhile read to find and spot such scams.  As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook.

We have compiled a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  that you might want to have a look at.  You might also want to  use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams.

Italian Model Shows Her Tits on T.V Video Scam

A new spam is spreading on very rapidly. The new Facebook scam is similar to the earlier one where Marika Fruscio breasts were exposed on TV.

Italian Model Shows Her Tits Facebook Scam

The Marika Fruscio spam had also spread as again in June but was subdued until the new spam appeared today. The scam is now spreading through a new update saying:

Italian Model shows Her Tits on T.V

Wow the biggest pair ever seen on Live T.V watch now!

There does exist such a video of the Italian Model breast slip and you can find it on the earlier post Marika Fruscio breasts were exposed on TV. However, the new update is another survey based scam which I becoming more prominent on Facebook these days. We highly urge you to not click on any of the video links.

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.

Here is an article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams. We have also compiled a list of Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook on Facebook for you to look through and avoid. You might also want to use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook.

Free Facebook Credits Scams Continues Spreading on Facebook

Back in June, we had written about a new Facebook scam which was promising to give users credits for free. The scam said that you could get 2000 credits for free from Facebook. We have been monitoring the situation for a while now and it looks like the scam is spreading more rapidly in different versions.

Facebook Credits Scam

Facebook credits are virtual currencies which allow users to buy virtual goods on Facebook and their gaming platform. Credits can be purchased from Facebook using real currently. The scam is similar to the Free Cityville coins Scam which is also doing the rounds lately.

We had detailed on how this scam works in the previous post, so you might want to read it to understand how it will affect your account. Currently, the Free Facebook credits scam is spreading using the following text:

WOW! I just got 10000 Facebook Credits for Free! And it worked too! No personal info required! 100% WORKING and totally free. Check it out, i got mine from [redacted]. How to Get 10000 Credits for any game (100% Free) Everyone can get 10000 facebook credits for free here!

Get Free 5000 Facebook Credits totally FREE !

Last call for Facebook Gifts 2000 Credits for any game FREE Check This Site, Which is offering 2000 FREE Credits for Limited Time Period [redacted]. Get Free 2000 Facebook Credits totally FREE !. GET IT NOW!

WOW! I just got 2000 Facebook Credits for Free! And it worked too! No personal info required! 100% WORKING and totally free. Check it out, i got mine from [redacted] :). Get 2000 Free Facebook Credits!. Get Your Free Credits Today!

We request you to not fall for this ploy as you might just end up spreading it to other users.

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.

Here is an article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams. We have also compiled a list of Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook on Facebook for you to look through and avoid. You might also want to use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook.