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.

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.

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.

Marika Fruscio Scam Spreading Again on Facebook

Remember the earlier Facebook scam  related to Marika Fruscio Breasts on ? Well it looks like the scam has taken centerstage again and is rapidly spreading on Facebook.

Marika Fruscio Facebook Scam

The Italian journalist had an oops moment on live television in March. Though the video was genuine, several Facebook scammers began to use it to spam people’s timeline and make money for themselves while they asked users to complete surveys. The spam spread pretty rapidly and users fell for it too, you can read our entire coverage of the Marika Fruscio Scam on Facebook.

Now a similar spam is spreading on Facebook for the past few days with users clicking on the links shared by their friends and spreading it virally. This scam plays on a genuine video, but there have been a few fake one’s recently including the recently demised Ryan Dunn’s last words.

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.

Most Actively Spreading Facebook Scams

Facebook has always been the hottest platform for scammers to spread (scam) messages. In the past few days, we have revealed  several Facebook scams, however there are few such scams that are still active and rapidly spreading on Facebook despite of several warnings and blogs posts all over the Internet.

We’ve put together a list of some of the most active scams spreading on Facebook and what would happen if you click them.

Ryan Dunn’s LAST WORDS EXCLUSIVE Video

Ryan Dunn Scam

This is the latest scam that has been spreading. Ryan Dunn was an American reality television personality who was killed in a car accident on June 20, 2011.

The scam indicates that there is video showing Ryan Dunn’s last words. The Facebook scam asks users to complete surveys and promises to show the video in the end, but the video does not exist. The scam message is then posted on the user’s wall to spread across the user’s friends list.

You won’t beleive what she does!! Scam

What She Did Scam

This like-jacking scam has been there for quite a long time. The scam contain a YouTube link which when clicked, spreads on the user’s wall.

I Can’t Believe You Are In This Video Scam

The scam contains the user’s name along with a message which varies. The message states – “WTF [you-name] I can’t believe you’re in this video”, “ROFL I cant believe you’re tagged in this video”, “WTF!! [your-name] you should untag yourself from the video”, “OMG, I can’t believe you are tagged in this video”, “WTF!!!, why are you tagged in this video” and so on.

Upon clicking the the links, it will be automatically posted on your wall.

Marika Fruscio Spam

Marika Fruscio Scam

The scam started spreading on March 26th and it  is the most active scam ever reported.  The scam is about Marika Fruscio, an Italian journalist showing her breasts on Italian TV! There is actually a video on YouTube, but the link on Facebook is fake.

OMG Can’t Believe Justin Beiber Did This To A Girl Spam

The scam is about Justin Bieber abusing a girl, but the fact is that there is no such video about Justin Bieber doing anything to a girl. This scam will ask you to fill out surveys and then lead you to a video that does not exist. And just like any other scam, it automatically posts on your wall and likes it.

Girl Killed Herself After Dad Posted On Wall Scam

Girl Killed Herself After Dad Posted On Wall

The scam states that a girl committed suicide on Christmas eve after her dad posted on her Facebook wall.

Other Facebook Scams

Here are more Facebook scams that you should be aware of and avoid clicking them.

Osama Bin Death Video Scam

Enable Dislike’ Button Scam

OMG Look What This Kid Did To His School Scam

Young Teen From Egypt Commits SUICIDE Scam

See Who Has Viewed Your Profile Event Spam

How to Avoid Scams?

Follow one simple rule – Do not click on any links, especially on short URLs. If you’re curious to know where that short URL leads to, then copy-paste the URL on LongURL.org to reveal the original URL

An article posted by Clif Sipe explains how you can Avoid Facebook LikeJacking Scams and Facebook Chat-Jacking Scams

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

In a unfortunate and tragic incident, "JackAss" star Ryan Dunn was killed in a car accident. Though this incident is tragic, spammers are trying to lure people on by posting a new scam which is saying that it has "Ryan Dunn’s LAST WORDS – EXCLUSIVE!!" video. It also adds a warning saying that the video is for mature audiences only.

Ryan Dunn Last Words Facebook Scam

Spammers show no remorse for anyone, and they have used deaths of popular celebrities like Michael Jackson among others to scam unsuspecting people who would click on links out of curiosity or because of their love for an artist. This is pathetic behavior at best.

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 SchoolOsama Bin Laden Dead Videos and Osama Bin Wikileaks Video among others.

The current Ryan Dunn’s video scam is a typical Facebook scam which asks users to complete surveys and does not show any video at all. They then post the offending message to the user’s wall and spread it to their friend. Please DO NOT 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.

New Virus ON FB Using Your Pictures, Facebook Tagging – Facebook Hoax

In the past, we have covered several Facebook Scams which have fooled users into clicking links of sick videos of Miley Cyrus,   showing what Justin Bieber did to a girl and more among other things (Read all Facebook Scams we have covered). This trend still continues to grow and now scammers are using Facebook events and Facebook chat to spread spam.

Facebook Scam Hoaxes

However, a new type of viral post is now doing the rounds of , which alerts users about a new virus on Facebook which is using your pictures to access sensitive information such as banking credentials, email accounts and more.

NEW VIRUS ON FB using YOUR pictures. It says you’ve been tagged in a picture, wants you to click on a link to see it. Then hacks into YOUR computer & ALL YOUR ACCOUNTS including BANKING & other secure accounts. It DESTROYS YOUR COMPUTER. Once hacked into your comp; it sends e-mails to your friends telling them they have been TAGGED in pics & starts the process again. PLEASE RE-POST

The message is spreading in the above form and lot of users are blindly re-posting it to their walls. The hoax in question seems to be related to Facebook photo tagging, which has already created a controversy. However, the alert is a hoax and a type of FUD which is used to scare people.

In the past, scammers have used photo tagging to spread spam, however, it is has been annoying at best and has not spread any deadly virus. Being cautious on Facebook is great, but over-doing it could lead to silly cases like these.

Rest assured, we try out best to alert users when a deadly scam is underway. Spreading messages like these will only create panic and not help anyone.

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.

I Can’t Believe You Are In This Video [Facebook Scam Warning]

A new Facebook scam is spreading across the site. This time the scam takes a more personalized approach with wall posts that contain a user’s name with a message which varies.

Facebook Scams

The scam is spreading with messages like "WTF [name] I can’t believe you’re in this video", "ROFL I cant believe you’re tagged in this video", "WTF!! [name] you should untag yourself from the video", "OMG, I can’t believe you are tagged in this video", "WTF!!!, why are you tagged in this video" and so on.

The messages in the wall post may vary and clicking on those links will lead you to spread the infection to your friends too. Please do not click on those links as it will spread the virus to your friends too.

This is definitely a new approach taken by scamsters where they are personally targeting people. In the past, they have used such scam messages to entice users to click on videos for popular celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and more recently the infamous Osama Bin Laden Censored Video scam.

Facebook scams play on two very important traits of the generic Facebook user:-

  1. Their vanity (since they are on a service that asks them to put up their beautiful faces on a book for everyone to see)
  2. Their primal instinct to click things that either deride, complement or supplement their vanity with curiosity.

It is the perfect formula for success. Earlier it was a video about some kid who had summoned the Old Gods to his school (or something else, but it was titled very specifically as "OMG Look What This Kid Did To His School" so I am assuming it was either this or setting it on fire and my money is on the more sinister one.) youtubevid The current scam is a link to [surprise!] a videofrom a friend on Facebook who has apparently seen a video of you on YouTube that either has you looking stupid or has you doing such a fantastic and unthinkable act that said friend cannot  believe that you are "tagged" in such a video.

It is very silly since one cannot be tagged in a YouTube video, and sillier because- no, it cannot possibly get sillier than that. If a user clicks on this link it [probably, since I have no tested this] asks them for access of their entire profile, including friends list and what not. Then the script launches into the entire friend list and links this "video" on each friend’s wall.

The cleverest part of this scam is that it includes the first name of the to-be-victim in the most generic way. Very sneaky. Also incredibly annoying.

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

(Additional Reporting  by Kaushik Narasimhan)

OMG Look What This Kid Did To His School Facebook Scam Spreading

A new Facebook scam is rapidly spreading on the social networking site with the message “OMG.. Look What THIS Kid Did to His School After Being Expelled! WARNING: Graphic Content!”

omg_kid_expelled_facebook_scam

The new scam uses a similar tactic used earlier by scammers on where they add a update with a video enticing the user to click through to watch it (For eg, Justin Bieber video scam, Miley Cyrus video scam). Once a user has clicked on the link, they will infect the account and post a message on the user’s wall while asking them to complete surveys to watch the video.

Completing the survey makes the scammers some money, however, in the end you won’t be able to watch any video at all. It is always wise to stay away from such enticing updates as more likely than not, it is a scam.

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

Osama Dead – Censored Video Leaked Wikileaks Video Facebook Spam

Yesterday, a Facebook scam was spreading across about a Shocking NEW VIDEO of Osama Bin Laden’s DEATH!!!. The video was obviously fake but it spread wildly across .

Osama Bin Laden Wikileaks Video Scam

Today morning, a new kind of scam is spreading on Facebook where another fake Osama Bin Laden video is being circulated on Facebook. The new spam is spreading with the text; "Watch the Osama Shoot Down video – Osama Dead – Censored Video Leaked – Osama is dead, watch this exclusive CNN video which was censored by Obama Administration due to level of violence, a must watch. Leaked by Wikileaks."

Osama Bin Laden Death Video Fan Page

The scammers are using the name of the whistle blowing organization; , to make people think that the video is genuine. However, the video is a scam. Clicking on the link will take you to a fan page (which is being liked by more than 45K people right now) and ask you to complete a new 5 second security check before you can watch the video.

However, following the steps listed does nothing and the fan page will instead post a message to your wall and your friends with a link to the fan page. This Facebook scam is a bit different from yesterday as it does not ask users to fill out stupid surveys, but once this gets widespread it could exploit users differently.

Please be aware that this scam is also spreading under various other links including "Osama Bin Laden Execution Video", "Aljazira Newz – Ossama Biin Ladden Raid Video Scam" and "Shocking NEW VIDEO of Osama Bin Ladens DEATH!!!" among others. Do not click any link that claims to show you Osama Bin Laden’s videos or pictures, it is all a sham. I believe that this scam might be spreading in various other ways too and might go on for next few weeks.

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.