Category Archives: Scams

Hey This User is Posting Very Bad Rumors About You – Twitter Phishing

Of Late,  has been a target of lot of spam messages, but the most recent ones are pretty dangerous phishing attacks and can allow a spammer to access your Twitter username and password. Most recently Twitter phishing attacks have spread through DM messages like “You Seen What This Person is Saying About You Terrible Things” and “Somebody is Saying Real Bad Rumors About You“.

The new phishing attack is spreading on Twitter through messages like:

Hey this user is posting very bad rumors about you…

Hi someone is posting horrible rumors about you…

The messages above are accompanied with a link which takes you to a phishing website that looks very similar to Twitter. The websites’ URL is also made to look very similar to that of Twitter.

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Once you are on the website, you will be asked to sign in to your Twitter account because your session has timed out. If you enter your username and password into the phishing page, the scammers will redirect you to Twitter and ask permission to install an app which will then send out the rogue message as a direct message to all your followers and continue spreading the phishing attack.

Please DO NOT enter you username and password since the scammers will then gain access to your account username and password. If you already have done so, make sure to change your Twitter password IMMEDIATELY. Also follow our guide to remove apps from Twitter to revoke permissions to the rogue app that you granted access to.

Please do share this page with your Twitter friends so that they are aware of this phishing attack.

Two Free JetBlue Airline Tickets (Limited Time Only) Facebook Scam

In the past, we reported the free Southwest Airline Ticket message spreading on Facebook, where users were promised with two free tickets from the airlines, however, that turned out to be a fake message created by scammers. Today we noticed a similar scam that has been spreading across the social networking giant Facebook.

The new Facebook cam is spreading with the following message:

2 FREE JetBlue Airline Tickets! (limited time only)

JetBlue Airline is giving away 2 FREE Tickets to all Facebook users!

Two Free JetBlue Airline Tickets

Please beware that there are no free tickers given away by JetBlue Airways. Scammers have created this message and are taking advantage of Facebook’s 850 million user base in order to spread it. The scam in itself is not dangerous, but it might become if lot of people share them.

Clicking on the scam link message, will take you to a page that is designed to look like a Facebook Page. You are asked to post the same message on your profile and click on the “like” button in order to get two free tickets. However, once you have completed the steps, you will be redirected to another bogus page where you may be asked to download a file, which is a malware program, or take up online surveys.

Two Free JetBlue Airline Tickets

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.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been a main target for spreading scams. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed.

We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

2012 Doomsday Confirmed by NASA Facebook Video Scam

A new video scam message is circulating around the social networking giant Facebook, taking advantage of users curiosity who have been searching for an answer to the question – if the World is going to end in 2012 or not. The video scam message indicates that NASA has confirmed the 2012 doomsday and the World is going to come to an end.

The scam is spreading with the title – “2012 DOOMSDAY CONFIRMED: NASA WARNS BE PREPARED!!(LEAKED VIDEO)..NO SURVEY’S!!” and message – “Know what to expect after seeing this leaked NASA video..NO SURVEY’S!!”

2012 Doomsday Confirmed by NASA - Facebook Scam

Please be cautious that this is a scam message and there is no such confirmation report from NASA about the world coming to an end. The scammer who has created this message is taking advantage of users’ curiosity of the question – will the world come to an end in 2012 or not?

Clicking the scam message link will take you to a page that is designed to look like a Facebook page. The page consists of a fake video player along with the Facebook Comment Box. Clicking on the “Play” button will ring the Facebook Share button, and asks the viewer to share the message before viewing the video. However, even after sharing the message, there is no video shown. In fact, you will be redirected to another bogus page.

2012 Doomsday Confirmed by NASA - Facebook Scam

Clicking such scam messages will automatically like-jack and click-jack your Facebook account without your knowledge. Sometimes, it may lead you to download malicious files into your computer that might enable scammers to access all your credentials including credit card details and email id.

In most cases, after clickjacking and likejacking your Facebook account, you will be directed to a survey page where the scammer promises to show you the video/image after completing the survey. However, there will be no video/image shown after you have completed the survey, since they’re all a fake.

It is recommended that you DO NOT click any links on such scam messages. The best way to deal with this is to ignore it or delete/remove it from your Facebook wall. To remove a post from your Facebook wall, just click on the “X” mark on the top-right corner of the post. You may also want to Mark it as spam, so that your friends and other Facebookers are not affected.

Here’s an article on Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.  We have also compiled a list of Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.

Facebook Timeline Plus – Fake Facebook Application

Facebook announced the new Timeline feature last year and ever since, there have been a number of scam messages that are spreading related to the new profile layout. One of the most popularly spreading scam messages is the Disable or Remove Facebook Timeline, which promises to show users a trick to disable the new Facebook Timeline.

Despite Facebook making several attempts in warning users not to click on suspicious links, or install rogue applications, the effort seems to be useless. A new rogue application on Facebook – Facebook Timeline Plus – has been spreading like wildfire for a while. It promises users to check the statistics on who has viewed their Timeline/profile, and also providing them with “advance” privacy settings.

The following message and the image has been spreading for a while now –

Cool!!! This is the best update Facebook has ever made! You can now Design your own Timeline! Easy to use Timeline designer on TIMELINE PLUS Try it here>>>

Facebook Timeline Plus

There are several users on Facebook who are quite eager to know who viewed their profile or Timeline, but there isn’t any such feature where they view this statistics. It is very clear that the above application is a bogus. Facebook has not rolled out viewer statistics, advance privacy settings, or new timeline color palette features.

Even if Facebook plans to roll out these features, which they will not, the company will make an official announcement about it on its blog and all users will be notified about it; just like how the news about Facebook acquiring Instagram was announced few days back.

Also Read: Finding Ways to Disable the Timeline? Unfortunately Facebook Doesn’t Let You Do That

Apps like “Facebook Timeline Plus” are created by scammers who try to trick users and steal personal and financial information. Users are also directed to online survey sites and are asked to answer them. Sometimes, they are also prompted to download file, which can be harmful to their computer, such as a malware program.

It also recommended that avoid installing apps that are not from a genuine developer. If in case you have already installed this app, then make sure you remove the app from your Facebook account immediately.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams and spam messages. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Which Celebrity You Look Alike? Facebook Scam

There is a new scam message that is spreading like wildfire on Facebook. The new scam is a Facebook app that asks users to install it in order to check as to which celebrity the user resembles to. This is a rouge application and a survey scam, which could gather your personal information and misuse it.

The scam message is spreading with the title – “Which Celebrity you look alike?” followed by a link to the Facebook app. You will also see an image of a celebrity along with the user’s profile photo showing the similarity between the two. Well, even if there is no resemblance between the two, the app randomly shows a picture of celebrity.

Which Celebrity you look alike? Facebook Scam

Installing the app will provide access to the developer of this application to all your personal information and contact details. The application will be able to post to Facebook as you. This will allow them to spam their scam messages to all of your friends. This scam also tags your friends in the Wall Post without your knowledge.

Further ahead, after having the app installed, you will be redirected to a bogus page where you will be presented with a set of online surveys. It is highly recommended that you avoid answering these surveys as they yield you nothing.

Which Celebrity you look alike?

It also recommended that avoid installing apps that not from a genuine developer. If in case you have already installed this app, then make sure you remove the app from your Facebook account immediately.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams and spam messages. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Want to Start a Real Internet Biz This Year? Twitter Spam

We deal with a lot of spam on a day to basis; in email and social networking sites as well. In social networking sites, has usually been the leader in scams but has not been far behind as well.

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For the past couple of months quite a few scams have been spreading on Twitter including ones where people were sent DMs with messages like Somebody is Saying Real Bad Rumors About You and You Seen What This Person is Saying About You Terrible Things. While both of those were actually phishing attacks, a new spam message is currently spreading on Twitter with the message:

want to start a real internet biz this year? you must check this out [link redacted]

The link in question leads users to a fake website which talks about making money. Such kind of websites are dime a dozen and we have reported about them in the past. For example, the Work from home scam.

Ironically the website in question opens their fake or what they call "loosely based on truth" article with the question "Are Work at Home Programs a Scam?".  They even have a disclaimer at the bottom (do read it) which says:

I UNDERSTAND THIS WEBSITE IS ONLY ILLUSTRATIVE OF WHAT MIGHT BE ACHIEVABLE FROM USING THIS/THESE PRODUCTS, AND THAT THE STORY DEPICTED ABOVE IS NOT TO BE TAKEN LITERALLY.

It is not really clear as to how these messages are being spread on Twitter right now because the website in question does not have an option or link to share it on Twitter. If the message was shared without your knowledge please make sure to change your Twitter password immediately.

As far as making quick money online, I would suggest that you avoid all such claims that tell you about making thousands of dollars on the Internet. Most of them are usually scams will just make you part with some of your own.

FREE Tom’s Shoes: 24 Hours Left Facebook Scam

Remember the free Facebook shoes scam and the more recent Free Tom’s Shoes scam? Well, it looks like the same Facebook scam is now spreading more rapidly using several differing messages.

Get a FREE Pair of Toms Shoes (Limited Time Only) Facebook Scam

The Facebook spam is spreading several messages including among others:

Tom’s Shoes Giveaway: Grab it NOW!. ONLY 24 HOURS LEFT: FREE Pair of Tom’s Shoes! Grab your free pair of Tom’s shoes! FREE Tom’s Shoes: 24 Hours Left. FREE Tom’s Shoes Pair: Only FEW HOURS LEFT!

The scam is similar to the earlier Free Tom’s Shoes scam where users were taken to a bogus site and asked to share the link on and also "like" the page to get a pair of Free Tom’s shoes. Doing the above does not give you any free Tom’s shoes but spreads the scam on your Facebook wall/timeline. Also, there are several websites which are being used to spread this scam with URLs that include Tom’s Shoes or something similar.

Just like those free Gift Card scams and iPad giveaway scams, spotting such scams are easy because no company would probably give away free stuff on Facebook to millions of users. If they do, it would be through their official Facebook Fan page and not through some scam website.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams and spam messages. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

OMG! I Cant Believe That Miley Cyrus Can Do This Facebook Spam

After a brief lull a new video scam has made its way the social networking website. The new Miley Cyrus scam is spreading similar to older scams where users are made to believe that celebrities are doing nasty things which are caught on video.

The new Facebook scam is spreading with the following message and is accompanied by a NSFW image:

OMG! I Cant Believe That Miley Cyrus Can Do This!

I cant believe MILEY Sucked it so hard! She Is Desperate!

In February and March, a lot of similar scams had made their way to Facebook which included OMG Have You Watched This Embarrassing Videos on Live TV, Hidden Camera in Selena and Justin’s Bedroom and Whitney Houston’s dead video scams. Also, Miley Cyrus has also been part of previous Facebook scams like the I Lost All Respect for Miley Cyrus After Watching This Video! and the Miley Cyrus Sick Video Scam.

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The current Miley Cyrus scam takes users to a webpage which looks very similar to Facebook and contains a fake video player and comments. Clicking on the play link on the video asks you to share the page on Facebook before you can start watching the video in question. However, sharing the link does not do anything and it will keep prompting you to share the video to watch it.

Even though the Miley Cyrus spam is not as deadly as other Facebook spam messages, it is definitely annoying when your friends see NSFW images on their timeline. It is always better to control your curiosity.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams and spam messages. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Somebody is Saying Real Bad Rumors About You Twitter Phishing Attack

Last month users were attacked using a DM scam where users received direct messages from people they know saying "You Seen What This Person is Saying About You Terrible Things". The affected several users who went on to click on the accompanying link and then entered their Twitter username and password on the phishing website.

It looks like another similar scam is currently spreading on Twitter through direct messages. The phishing scam is similar to the earlier attacks and is spreading with the following message:

Hi. somebody is saying real bad rumors about you here ;(

The message is accompanied by a link, clicking on which will lead you to a website which spoofs the twitter interface and tells you to login using your Twitter username and password. The URL is also made to look very similar to that of Twitter.

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The webpage in question asks you to enter your username and password and then redirects you to install an app on Twitter which in turn sends out rogue messages to all your followers.

Please DO NOT enter you username and password since the scammers will then gain access to your account username and password. If you do enter your username and password into the phishing page, the scammers will then redirect you to Twitter and ask permission to install an app which will then send out the rogue message as a direct message to all your followers and continue spreading the phishing attack.

To avoid phishing attacks, always look at the URL to see whether you are entering your password on the site itself and not some masked URL which is made to look like the original site. Additionally, you should also periodically check the apps you have given access to in your Twitter account and remove unwanted apps. Learn how to remove apps or revoke app permissions in Twitter.

Work At Home Mom Earns $6,795/Month Facebook Scam

It’s a crazy economy with jobs hard to come by. However, no job is better than that of a scammer because they are the one’s who easily make money by fooling people. A new Facebook scam is spreading which takes advantage of the current economy by posting a link with various messages on how a "Mom earns $6,795 a month from home".

Work At Home Mom Earns $6K Scam

Well, these are just some of the messages which are spreading on Facebook. There are several others which are also included with the link. The link in question is also a sham because it fools users into believing that the article is posted on the popular website CNBC.

Also Read: How to Prevent Your Facebook Account from Getting Hacked | Anatomy of a Phishing Email

The scam is spreading on with the following messages:

Work at home Mom Earns $6,795/month
Discover how this Work From Home Mom has Earned a Living during these tough economic times.

Omg!, more than 80,000 people in the U.S. get hired online every day, no wonder everyone in America are all fat everyone sits at home.

Interesting, statistics show that in 2012 internet employment rates have nearly doubled compared to last years.. I found myself a new job :D

Interesting, more than 60,000 people in the US get hired online every day, no wonder people in America are all fat everyone sits at home!

Interesting…, employment rates in the US has gone up nearly 20%.. better yet i just got hired thanks to

looks like in the next few years everyone is gonna be working from home, internet employment rates in america have DOUBLED during the past 3 years. i just got my online job today like me

The site in question does a pretty good job at spoofing the CNBC website, however, neither is the site affiliated with CNBC and nor is the article correct. The article fools users into signing up for some "Internet Payday System" which will then make them money and leave you with a little less cash.

Work From Home Mom Scam

 

Such scams are not new and there have been several instances where people have been fooled by advertisement and emails as well. It is always advisable to not believe in such systems because you will usually end up losing money. I agree the economy is not all that great but this would hardly help you out.

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.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.