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Brother Rapes and Kills His Sister – Shocking Video – Facebook Scam

A new Facebook scam is underway which promises to show a video of a brother raping and murdering his sister. Well, this is one of the most inane and violent scam that is being spread on Facebook of late. Falling under the same category, there was another scam that was reported earlier – Girl Killed Herself After Dad Posted On Wall which was quite violent and absurd.

The new scam titled – Brother rapes and kills his sister Shocking Videocarries a description that reads WARNING: For mature audiences 0nly.is spreading rapidly on Facebook. This scam will click-jack and like-jack your Facebook account if you click on the link provided.

Brother Rapes and Kills His Sister  Shocking Video  Facebook Scam

Clicking on the link will lead you to a page that says you need to click on “jaa” twice to confirm your age before you can view the video. However, there is no such video once you have clicked “jaa” instead the scam message will be liked and posted automatically on your Facebook wall. Once it is posted on your wall, a survey is displayed offering you a free $1,000 Wlamart Gidftcard or a free gift if you send the scammer a feedback on Facebook.

Brother Rapes and Kills His Sister  Shocking Video  Facebook Scam

Do not click on “jaa” whatsoever else it  will click-jack and like-jack the scam message by automatically posting and “liking” it on your Facebook Wall.

Scammers force users to complete surveys by promising to show a video or giving away a free gift in order to earn some bucks. These scammers are paid money as commissions if they get users to complete a survey.

Scammers create such scams with titles and descriptions that make users curious to click on links and complete surveys. Sometimes it may lead to downloading malware programs on your computer and thus puts your personal information and identity to risk. It is always advised and recommended that you avoid such scam messages and report them as spam.

We have complied a list of Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook that you might want to have a look at. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Google+ Early Users Given Invites To Hand Out, Get Yours Here

As we are all aware at this point, Google launched their newest project revolving around social interaction yesterday. Google+ is already one of the most talked about things on the internet. It has caught Twitter by storm, and people are raving about both the web interface and mobile app , which is currently only for Android Phones.

Google Plus Invites Screen

The biggest complaint among users up to this point was the inability to invite anyone new to the service, beyond an initial 10 or 15 people. Google recently changed that policy, giving all existing users (myself included) a currently unknown number of new invites. They warn that these invitations are not unlimited, however.

It seems that Google recognizes that the biggest issue they will have with Google+ is getting people to use it. I felt that not letting users send out invitations was a poor choice for Google. It would appear that they heard all of our cries for Google+, and have given us what we really wanted.

While a full review is coming in the next day or so, let me give you a few of my early thoughts on Google+ right now. To put it simply: It’s awesome. I think that the full integration with their mobile platform, the beautiful linking of social and search, and the great web interface all make Google+ a defiant player in the social space.

As I said, there will be a full review of Google+ as a product and a service coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled for that. If you have any questions about Google+, feel free to post them in the comments below.

Comment and Get a Google Plus Invite
Update: Google has closed Google+ invites for now. We will send out more when they open back up. Thanks for your patience.

Update 2: Google+ is now open to everyone with a Google+ account, please visit https://plus.google.com and sign in with your Gmail account to get access to Google+.

Update 3:  Don’t miss out on some really good articles on using Google+ along with several other editorials we have written for you.

Myspace Sold to Specific Media for $30million

The social networking site Myspace has been sold to online advertising company Specific Media for about $35 million.  In an official press release by Myspace CEO Mike Jones confirmed the social  networks’s sale to Specific Media.

Today, we are announcing that Myspace will be acquired by Specific Media, one of the world’s leading online media and advertising platforms. Over the next few days you will be hearing from the team at Specific, including their CEO, Tim Vanderhook, regarding their exciting plans for Myspace and how it fits in with the overall vision of their company.

Myspace

In 2005, News Corp. Digital Media, owned by News Corporation bought Myspace for $580 million. Myspace gained popularity in the US in 2006 and retained its position throughout 2007 and 2008. However, at the end of 2008, Facebook overtook Myspace and brought Myspace ranking down to 80 from 2. Currently, Myspace is ranked 85 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings.

In competition with Facebook, Myspace underwent a site redesign last year that intended to help Gen Y users find a “broad array of programming, including originals, exclusives, and content from around the Web.”

In February, News Corp. had  announced that  it was  willing to sell MySpace. The company was reportedly hoping to get at least  $100 million out of the sale, but failed to do so.

Mike Jones will be leaving the company and also confirmed that more than 50 per cent of Myspace’s workforce will be laid off due to the sale.

“In conjunction with the deal, we are conducting a series of restructuring initiatives, including a significant reduction in our workforce.”

Google launches their new social service, Google+

If you spend time on Google or any of its services, then you may have seen the new black menu bar. Many wondered if this was just some new design from Google. As it turns out, that black bar is a sign from Google that something big is coming. That something is Google+.

Google+ is the newest of Google’s projects to go into invitation beta. While its not Google’s first run at building a social network, Google+ is probably the most extensive. That doesn’t mean that Google is making a big deal of it yet, however. They are trying to keep it quiet, lest it get the build up to a fail that Wave had. You can take a look at the introductory video here.

From the official blog post, Google+ is really designed around Google itself. Their hope is to redesign the way we share online. They will group people into “Circles”, which you get to organize as you see fit. As of now, it pulls contacts from Gmail or Google Contacts.

Once you have circles set up, you get the ability to interact with those people. You can share images, links, or articles. You can even take advantage of “Sparks”, which will allow you to strike up conversations with people in your Circles. Google + also has a video chat service built in that is called “Hangouts” and a mobile application available for Android devices.

This mobile aspect of Google+ seems vital to the service. Google  promises  the easiest media  uploading  of any social media service. They are also  advertising  the “Huddle” feature, which is similar to texting. unlike traditional text messaging, you use data, similar to BlackBerry Messenger or Beluga.

From what I can tell, the potential for Google+ to be big is there.  What  remains to be seen is whether or not Google+ will actually be successful. As of now, it is in an invitation only beta. In order to check out any of these features, you need to be invited to that beta. I know i have signed up for it and hope to get in soon. If you want to check it out, you can sign up here.

 

“My First Baby Birth – Video!” Facebook Scam

Yet again, Facebook users are being  tempted  to click on scam links. A new Facebook scam is  underway  that claims to show a video of a baby being born. The scam’s signature message states –  My First Baby Birth – Video! and the  describes it –  Yeahh! It happens on Live Television!

The scam message is spreading rapidly with the help of click-jacking and like-jacking. When a user clicks on the link  provided  in the scam message, the message will be  “liked” and  posted automatically on wall without the users knowledge.

The scam site is hosted on Blogspot –  babaybirthontv.blogspot.com

My First Baby Birth Video Facebook Scam

On clicking the link you will be taken to the blogspot scam page. Clicking the play button will like-jack your Facebook account and the message will be posted on your Facebook wall stating that you “like” the video  causing  your friends also to fall for this trap.

My First Baby Birth Video - Facebook Scam

Facebook scam messages are ever increasing and its quite hard to avoid them.  Scammers are quite smart as they know that creating such scam messages will tempt and increase the curiosity of users which will make them click on the links provided.

It is reported that a new Facebook app called MyPageKeeper has promised and  guaranteed to  protect users from such scams on Facebook.  MyPageKeeper will constantly  monitor your news feed, wall posts, and installed apps in order to keep your Facebook account away from scams.

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

Here’s are some of the latest scams that are spreading on Facebook that you need to avoid.

Wow!, the Site is Messing Up Right Now and Giving out iPads Free!!! Facebook Scam

Marika Fruscio Scam Spreading Again on Facebook

Ryan Dunn’s LAST WORDS EXCLUSIVE Video Spam Spreading on Facebook

99% People Can’t See This Video For More Than 25 Seconds Facebook Scam

Wow!, the Site is Messing Up Right Now and Giving out iPads Free!!! Facebook Scam

Yet another scam that is spreading on Facebook. This time the scam claims to giveaway an Apple iPad for free. The scam reads –  “WOW! [your-name], the site is messing up right now and giving out Ipads free!!! @ http://apps.facebook.com/ipadauctionoff/?mnwkezbn I got mine yesterday hurry while it lasts

This scam is a  type of clickjacking where the scam message will be  automatically  “liked” and posted on your Facebook wall.

Free iPad 2 Facebook Scam

Once you’ve clicked on the link, you’ll be taken to a page that is shown below.

Free iPad 2 Facebook Scam

Facebook scams take advantage of users  curiosity and post messages with keywords like “free iPad”, “wardrobe malfunction”, “committed  suicide“, “exposing breasts” and so on. Users fall for this trap and become  victims of clickjacking and likejacking on Facebook which will ask users to complete a survey and lead them to a scam website.

This is done in order to drive traffic to scam websites or to earn money. For every survey completed,  the  scammer earns some  money as commission. It is always  advised  that  you avoid such scams messages that contains keywords/phrases  that makes you curious.

It is  recommended  that you if you see such scam, report it to Facebook by contacting Facebook Security and make sure that you have removed/deleted such scam messages from your Facebook wall.

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

Simon Pegg’s Twitter Account Hacked

Simon Pegg, described by Wikipedia as an English actor, comedian, writer, film producer and director, apparently got his Twitter account hacked earlier today. The hacker used his account to spread malware to his 1.2 million followers.

Simon Pegg Twitter Hacked

The tweet in question was sent via Twitter for Blackberry, and asked Pegg’s twitter followers to download a screensaver of his latest movie Paul. Thousands of his followers did and many even tweeted Thank youafter installing it. Those who had anti-virus protection installed however were informed of a Trojan horse being found in the ScreenSaver.exe file being linked to. Few hours later Simon posted few messages, indicating that his account was hacked and he did not post any message about a screensaver, and warning followers that they should not download the infectedscreensaver.

Simon Pegg Confirms Twitter Hack 1

Simon Pegg Confirms Twitter Hack 2

 

Being a Windows screensaver, the file is not believed to be malicious to anyone who is not using Microsoft’s Operating System. Jokingly however, Pegg did have this to say to Apple users:

Simon Pegg Jokes about Apple

He certainly is not the first celebrity to have his Twitter account hacked. Famous accounts like ih8sn0w and Bristol Palin accounts have been hacked in the past.

As always, we recommend you to be cautious while clicking on any suspicious link. WOT can be helpful in keeping you safe.

Get Free 2000 Facebook Credits totally FREE Facebook Scam

It’s a lovely Sunday out here in the real world, but the online world is full of shenanigans. While drooling over what my friends are doing on Facebook, I came across something which I love to do, that something is nothing but my love for advising people about technology.

Earlier today, the self proclaimed hackers LulzSec decided to hang their boots (Read: Editorial: LulzSec, AntiSec and Why the Internet is a Sadder Place Now). However, scammers are still far off from doing that.

A new Facebook Scam is underway where an app is promising that you can get 2000 Facebook Credits for free (remember the Free Cityville coins Scam?). Facebook Credits are virtual currency on Facebook which can be used to buy virtual goods on Facebook for games like Farmville and more. These credits are not free and can be acquired by paying for them.

Facebook Credits

Facebook Credits can be purchased by visiting your Account tab and then selecting the Payments tab. You can buy 50 credits for $5 and so on. Now a new scam is doing the rounds of Facebook where the app says that they will give you 2000 Facebook Credits for free. If you were to purchase 2000 credits on Facebook, you would have to pay $200. Now the offer from the scammer is definitely pretty enticing considering that you would be saving $200 upfront.

Pretty neat right? Well no, the offer is a big scam. After all, giving $200 to each of Facebook’s 700 million users would cost a whooping $14 billion. The people claim that they would do it only for the first 1000 visitors, but what the heck, I want my pie. and I know more than 1000 users want it too.

Now who in their sane mind would want to spill out that kind of money for free? A lunatic right? Well you are wrong, it is a Facebook scammer.

Facebook Credits Scam

If you do fall for the scam and click on the link, you might see a page similar to the screenshot above. The website in question is not hosted on Facebook itself, but it disguises itself to look like that. The website asks you to perform few steps in order to get 2000 free credits. One of the task involves sharing the page in question with a message like;

Get your FREE 2000 FACEBOOK CREDITS! NO SCAM NO surveys NO  waste of time no task its totally FREE this promo is available for the  first 1000 persons only… CHECK IT OUT ENJOY..i got mine and it works  get yours here [site redacted]

Additionally, you will have to like the site. While you are performing the above steps, the site pretends to be checking the status of your actions. Well, it will keep doing that no matter what you do. Finally, after you have shared the scam with your friends (and probably managed to entice them too) you can click on the button to claim your "FREE 2000 Facebook Credits".

Facebook Credits Scam Content Locked

When you click that button shouldn’t you be getting your so called FREE 2000 Facebook Credits? Well, you should, but you are redirected to a site which will tell you that the content is locked and "you are just one step away from unlocking the content of the site by performing another action". Wait, didn’t you already do that? Well, there you go. Now you have to either customize your Facebook profile or figure out "How Smart Are You Really?" Wait, isn’t this question ironic?

Once you perform the steps to cross the final hurdle, all you are left is with NOTHING. The spammer on the other hand just managed to make a few bucks by fooling you into taking a survey or performing a task? Phew, all in a day’s work.

As I have repeated numerous times in the past, please do not get fooled by these freebies. They will waste your time and make money for those spammers who will then continue to devise new tactics to continue fooling you.

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. We also have a list of actively spreading scams on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.

Monster.com Adapts Social Networking Site Facebook

Monster.com, online employment hub, is adapting its job search to social networking site Facebook. Monster, will be doing this by launching a Facebook app called BeKnown on Monday.

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With BeKnown, users can import their data from Facebook profile to the Facebook app and let users manage their professional and personal network from one place. Another professional network that is trying out similar approach is BranchOut and going from my Facebook news stream it’s pretty evident that BranchOut app is pretty popular among young professionals. In fact, BranchOut already has 800,000 users.

How BeKnown is trying to differ from BranchOut is, it’s trying to turn your professional life into a little game. That is, users will get badges like you get in FourSquare once you complete your graduation, get a job, a promotion, etc. I’m pretty sure once you become a CEO, the badge would say “I’m CEO, bitch”.

To think that almost everyone is adapting their business with the social networking site Facebook says something. Earlier this week, Linkedin, an independent professional social network site announced that they now have 10 million users in India and about 100 million users worldwide. We have written an elaborate article on why Linkedin’s huge user base does not make sense in the largely Social world.

99% People Can’t See This Video For More Than 25 Seconds Facebook Scam

Just as I was writing about the new Marika Fruscio Facebook Scam I came across another scam that is rapidly spreading on with the text “99% of people can’t watch this video more than 25 seconds!!! I dare you to watch more than 25 seconds from this video!”.

Facebook Can't Watch Video Scam

The message in this Facebook Scam is accompanied with a NSFW image which is more than enough to entice users to click on it. Clicking on the video link could lead you to several different websites where they display a video supposedly from like the screenshot below.

99% People Can't Watch Facebook Scam

It then asks users to click the “Jaa” button twice to watch the video to confirm that you are 18 years of age. However, clicking on the button will open a share page on Facebook and then add a link to your wall. This link could be the 99% can’t watch this video link or the Marika Fruscio Live Television scam. Please don’t click on those links.

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. We also have a list of actively spreading scams on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.