Free Christmas Theme for All Facebook Users – Facebook Scam

A new scam on  Facebook  has been reportedly spreading on the social networking giant, Facebook. The scam titled Free Christmas Theme for Facebookhas a messages that reads Get Christmas Theme for FB on [link] <<—Free Christmas Theme for all FB users.

The scam is spreading in different versions. Another similar version of the scam has the following title Get All new Santa Claus theme for Christmas,followed by the same description.

Free Facebook Christmas Theme

This is a  spam message  that is spreading on Facebook. Do not share this with your friends. Clicking the scam will take you to a bogus page where a malware program will be automatically downloaded on your computer.

Clicking the link will take you to the Facebook Page where you are asked to click on the shortened URL to proceed further to claim your “Free Christmas Theme.” You will see the following page when it is loaded –

Free Christmas Theme for Facebook - Scam

You are asked to download and install a browser extension in order to activate the theme. Please DO NOT download the file as it is a rogue browser plugin. It is recommended that you only install those plugins from authors you trust. The plugin that you will be installing is designed to monitor your Internet activity. The program will log all your entries, including your username and password to various accounts. The gathered data will be sent to the author of the plugin, who could possibly misuse or hack your accounts.

We have already warned our readers about Christmas Related Offers and Scams on Facebook. We recommended you not to click on any messages (including those which are posted by your close friends) with any short URLs, or have the following keywords – limited Christmas offer, free Christmas theme, free coupons, and so on.

To understand how to identify and avoid Facebook scams, I recommended you to go through the articles written on Techie Buzz. They will definitely help you

We at Techie Buzz constantly  monitor  for any scam messages spreading on Facebook. Bookmark  Techie Buzz Facebook Scams  and keep yourself updated with the  latest scams on Facebook.

Justin Bieber Stabbed by Crazed Fan Outside L.A. Nightclub! – Facebook Scam

A new scam on Facebook is underway, which claims to show a video of Justin Bieber being stabbed by a fan. The scam has the title Justin Bieber STABBED By CRAZED Fan Outside L.A. Nightclub!followed by a link and a description that reads OMG! NOOOO! Could YOU Even Imagine?!?

Justin Bieber Stabbed by Crazed Fan Outside L.A. Nightclub! Facebook Scam

Please beware that this is a fake message that is being spread across the social network. When users click on the scam link, they are taken to a fake page, which appears like Facebook and contains a video player. Clicking on the play button will not load the video, but will ask you to share the video link with your friends on Facebook

Justin Bieber Stabbed by Crazed Fan Outside L.A. Nightclub! Facebook Scam

However, after sharingthe post on your Facebook Wall, you will be provided with a set of online surveys, which you are asked to complete before you can watch the video. Please note that even after completing the surveys there is NO video shown. Please don’t waste your time in completing online surveys. Scammers generally create such scams to get users to complete online surveys.

The scam is just like previous Facebook scams where scammers spread messages like Miley Cyrus Sick Video. As always there is no such video about Justin Bieber being stabbed by any fan. In the past, we have reported similar scams related to Justin Bieber, like “OMG Can’t Believe Justine Beiber Did This To A Girl” and “Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez New Kissing Video Leaked!!!

Sometimes it may result in downloading malware programs or other malicious files, which could possibly harm your computer. These files are programmed in a way to steal your personal and confidential information without your knowledge.

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.

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.

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New Nigerian 419 Scam Attempts to Leverage Britain’s EuroMillion Lottery Jackpot Winners’ Generosity

Nigerian 419 scams are nothing new. In fact, these scams even pre-date the Internet era and were originally carried out through snail mail. Most of us are probably all too familiar with these scam mails that promise to give away millions. Sadly, there are still many unfortunate gullible souls who fall for these advance fee fraud schemes.

Typical Nigerian 419 scam mails pretend to be from some African prince, diplomat, or gold/diamond seller. Even though the pretence varies, the basic plot is always the same. The person emailing you has amassed a huge fortune and is currently in a tricky situation. He needs your help to save his fortune, and in return, he is willing to offer you a significant share. 419eater has a nice collection of Nigerian scam mails. Knock yourself out, if you have nothing better to do right now.

Nigerian-419-Scam

Although there are still naive individuals who fall for Nigerian scams, the increase in general awareness has made the job of scammers tougher. The reduction in hit ratio has forced them to become more creative. Here’s a shining example of a rather smartly written Nigerian scam mail.

You are the LUCKY one!
Compliments of the day to you!!!

Our names are Dave and Angela Dawes..This email is to inform you that last month october,We won one of Britain’s biggest lottery of 101 million Pounds. This is so much to spend,therefore We have decided to donate to the less priviledged and charity projects all over the world. We also want to make atleast 20 people millionaires like us. It will interest you to know that your email was picked alongside other 9 email addresses by our lawyer as a lucky individual for a cash dontaion of 1 million pounds from us.
We know this may sound like a joke or a hoax but please have no doubt as this is 100% real. Get back to us immediately via our email address below for details on how to get your donation.

To verify,please see our interview by visiting the web pages below.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8820740/101m-lottery-jackpot-winners-Dave-and-Angela-Dawes-to-give-millions-to-friends-and-family.html

Good luck,
Dave and Angela Dawes
Email: [email protected]

This mail managed to sneak past Gmail’s spam filters into my inbox. Even though the mail has horrible grammar and spelling throughout, it’s possibly the most convincing Nigerian scam that I have come across. It leverages a real news story, and even links to a newspaper article. Dave and Angela Dawes really did win £101m in last month’s EuroMillion lottery, and they really are planning on giving away a million pounds to twenty family members and friends. Of course, the devil is in the details. The Dawes aren’t silly enough to give away their fortune to random strangers.

Take the Free $1,000 Walmart Gift Card Survey – Facebook Scam

A new  scam  is underway on  Facebook  with the title – Take the Free $1,000 Walmart Gift Card Survey! [link], tricking users to click on the link and take an online survey in order to receive a free gift card. The scam also asks users to share the message with their friends in order to qualify for the prize, and that’s how the scam is being spread on the social network.

Take the Free $1,000 Walmart Gift Card Survey! - Facebook Scam

The scam message comes with a description that reads Get A Free $1,000 Walmart Gift Card. By looking at the title of the scam message, we observe that you are asked to complete an online survey. Please be cautious that this is a scam and there is no such gift cards given away for free even after you have honestly completed the survey.

Clicking the scam link will take you to the following web page

Get A Free $1,000 Walmart Gift Card - Facebook Scam

There are questions which you are asked to answer. After you have answered the questions, you will be redirected to another web page where you will be asked to answer another set of online surveys.

Please don’t get tricked by the web page and DO NOT complete any surveys. In the online survey you will be asked to answer a set of questions, after which you need to enter your personal information as well as financial details like credit card number or bank account number. Entering these details will pose serious threats to your accounts, so please avoid entering your credentials.

Sometimes it may result in downloading malware programs or other malicious files, which could possibly harm your computer. These files are programmed in a way to steal your personal and confidential information without your knowledge.

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.

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.

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Play Mario Kart on Facebook – Facebook Scam

A new scam is reportedly spreading on Facebook, which claims that you can play Mario Kart on Facebook for free. This is click-jacking and like-jacking scam, which also offers you to complete some online surveys.

The scam is titled Play Mario Kart on Facebook!and has the following description – “Play Mario Kart on Facebook with your Friends! Join the multiplayer mayhem NOW! Click here to play”. Please avoid clicking on the scam link, and DO NOT share the message on your Facebook Wall. It is also reported that the scam message has been spreading via private messages.

Play Mario Kart on Facebook - Facebook Scam

Play Mario Kart - Facebook Scam

Clicking on the scam link will take you to a bogus webpage which contains a link that urges you join the game by clicking on the “Play Now” button. Clicking the button link will click-jack and like-jack your Facebook account, and will automatically posting the message and “like” it. Alongside, it also asks you to complete the following online surveys in order to continue playing the game –

Play Mario Kart - Survey Scam

Please DO NOT complete any surveys. All these are fake links and might result in downloading malware programs on you computer. These malware programs are designed to gather user information and user credentials like credit card numbers, which are then sent to the scammer. Scammers are paid money to generate traffic or get users to complete such online surveys.

Don’t be tricked by this scam which will definitely put you in a trap. Surprisingly, when I clicked on the link using a test account, I was thrown with a warning message by WebSense. This is very first time that  I’ve  noticed a warning message from WebSense. Facebook partnered with WebSense in order to warn users about unsafe links.

Facebook - WebSense Warning

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. 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.

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Woman Kills Pregnant Woman & Cuts the Baby from Her Dead Body – Facebook Scam

Yet another scam is spreading on Facebook and this time it promises users to show a video of a woman brutally killing a pregnant lady.

The scam titled – “Woman Kills Pregnant Woman & Cuts The Baby From Her Dead Body Because Her Boyfriend” has been spreading for hours on Facebook. There’s no video shown in the website link provided in the message.

Woman Kills Pregnant Woman & Cuts The Baby From Her Dead Body Because Her Boyfriend - Facebook Scam

Clicking the URL will take you to a fake page where you are asked to verify your age by clicking the “I Agree” button. However, the button is not used to verify your age, but to “share” the scam message on your Facebook wall. From the screenshot below, you can notice the line – “By clicking Share link you certify that you are 18 years old and that you do not violate the Terms of Service.” This clearly indicates that the scammer’s intention is to spread the scam message and spam the entire social network. However, after you have shared the video, you will be asked to complete a set of surveys, but there is NO video shown.

Woman Kills Pregnant Woman & Cuts The Baby From Her Dead Body Because Her Boyfriend - Facebook Scam

Please do not “share” the scam message across your wall. There is no video shown even after the message has been shared. Instead you will be redirected to another fake page or asked to complete a set of online surveys. Scammers’ usually create such scams to generate traffic to their fake websites.

Please beware that the website you are visiting might silently download malicious programs without your knowledge. These malware programs are designed to gather user information including email ids, user names, passwords and credit card details.

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.

Small Business Grant Scam Floating Around Facebook

Beware of a new scam making its way around Facebook masquerading as a service that helps people find FREE government grants. In the picture below, you will see what appeared on my Facebook feed. It plays on several themes. One, is people’s dismay with the government as it states, “finally the Gov is helping their people!” Second, the poor economy is a great motivator for people to fall for these kind of schemes.

Facebook Scam

Right away you should notice that there are some things wrong with this picture. What legitimate business says “Gov” instead of government? The other thing to note is the web address it points to, “just9u.com”. That is a very random domain name. Usually that is a sure sign that this is not a legitimate offer.

If you are one of the unlucky ones who click this link, you will be taken to a website outside of Facebook. In the picture below, you can see a copy of what this website looks like. As you can see, it appears to be a news report. It attempts to build credibility by adding logos of several recognizable news agencies. Beware of these type of schemes. Take a look at the two areas highlighted in red below. First, notice the name of the website. It says “dailynetnewstoday.com”. Strange, didn’t the link above say “just9u.com”? Also whenever you mouse over any link the bottom of the webpage shows the link “dailynetnews.com/agrant/grants.php”. It seems odd that putting your mouse over CNN’s logo would show that link don’t you think? Go with your gut on this. IT IS A SCAM!

Grant Site

If you click anywhere on the page picture above, you will be taken to another website where you can fill out a form. The website is “grantassist.com”. For a fee, they claim they can help you get all the government grants that you are entitled to. In reality, they are out to take you money and charge your credit card fraudulently. I did a little homework on these guys. They are a company based in Nevada.  I found they had an “F” rating on the Better Business Bureau’s website. These people had 131 complaints against them.

F Rated on BBBThese type of businesses skirt the law and fly under the radar to do their dirty schemes. You have to be careful and look for the signs of scams. Do they use well known logos that don’t link to the actual logo’s site, such as CNN? Do the URL’s have strange names that don’t make much sense? Does the site ask you for money or prevent you from clicking the close button? These are all signs of scams. Don’t fall for this stuff and don’t help it spread. If you see this type of post on Facebook, please warn your friends not to click it. I hope this article will help prevent some future mistakes.

 

Free Starbucks $50 Gift Card – Facebook Scam [UPDATE]

UPDATE:  Starbucks tweeted to its 1.7 million followers on Twitter, warning them that a gift card offer on Facebook is fake and asking users not to fall for the trick.

“Beware – there is a scam on Facebook offering a  free $50 Starbucks card.  Don’t click on it, it isn’t real.”

Starbucks Warns Users

A Facebook scam that we reported yesterday indicated – “Free $25 Tim Hortons Gift Card” which tricked users in giving away a free $25 gift card by asking them to share and provide their personal details. A similar scam that I noticed on my Facebook Wall today was – “FREE Starbucks $50 Gift Card”.

Free Starbucks $50 Gift Card - Facebook Scam

The scams spreading on Facebook has a description that reads – “To celebrate our 40th Anniversary, we are giving away thousands of $50 Gift Vouchers FREE” along with a link to a bogus website. Clicking the link will take you to the bogus site where you are asked to “share” and add a comment “Happy Birthday”. Once done, you are then redirected to another page where you are asked to enter your email ID in order to claim the gift card.

Free Starbucks Gift Card

After you have entered your email ID, you are again redirected to another page where you are asked to fill out your personal information like name, age, and mobile number. However, despite completing all the steps, there is no free gift card given.

The entered details will be sold to third-party individuals or marketing organizations, who will make use of it to spam with SMS updates and junk emails. The best way to deal with such scams is ignore the them or avoid filling out the form. If you find this particular scam post on your Facebook Wall, then you can delete it by clicking the “x” on the top-right corner of the post.

Please note that scams like this use multiple domain and different web pages. You may see variations in the landing pages, but they are all the same.

Despite Facebook taking precautionary measures by officially launching a document called Guide to Facebook Securityand partnering with a web based security firm WebSense, there hasn’t been much improvements in reducing the number of scams spreading on Facebook. However, we at Techie Buzz make sure that our readers stay up to date with the latest threats and scam messages spreading on Facebook and elsewhere. So, make sure you’ve liked us on Facebook and signed up to receive free email alerts.

Shocking Video From Steve Jobs’ Last Business Meeting – Fake Video

“Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family”. These were the words that were released by Steve Jobs’ family members in response to his death. This clearly indicates that Steve Jobs died in the presence of his close relatives and family members.

Keeping that in mind, here’s a video which has been spreading like wildfire on Facebook and other social networking sites, and generating millions of views. The video was first uploaded on popular video sharing site Vimeo on August 31, 2011, which was later uploaded on YouTube on October 6, 2011.

The video, however, is a fake and the person in the video is not Steve Jobs. From the video we learn that the fake Steve is in a meeting with some unidentified people, and suddenly in the middle of a conversation, Jobs lowers his head and faints and slips down from his chair, creating panic in the room.

Now here’s the thing. I can assure that the video is a fake for three reasons. One, a part of that video was taken from an interview with Steve by All Things Digital in 2010. There are five parts of the video and I’m sure it was taken from any one of these. From the interview video, you will notice that Steve is sitting on the same red chair which is showed in the fake video. Here’s the fifth part of the interview –

Bizarrely, the above video was uploaded on October 6, 2010.

The second reason why I find the video is a fake is that Steve Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple on August 24, 2011, and the upload date of the video is August 31, 2011. Steve Jobs after his resignation never came back to work or never attended any important meetings as such. And lastly, the other reason is that neither Apple nor any of Steve’s family members have confirmed about the video. So, it’s pointless to assume that the video is genuine.

I believe that the video was created to drive traffic to the site TheFinalEdition.com. The post in which the video was posted states – “TheFinalEdition.com has just received the above video shot during Steve Jobs’ last, secret business meeting.”

This clearly tells us that the owners of the site created the video just to attract visitors and nothing else. And now you see the video link being circulated on Facebook and other social networking sites.

I recommend that you please avoid “sharing” or “liking” the video, and delete the post if you come across on your Facebook wall. We had also seen scammers taking advantage of the death news of Steve Jobs and were spreading scams like Apple Giving Away 1000 Limited Editions iPad 2  across the social network giant,  Facebook.

Fake Antivirus Scams Now Spreading through Skype

Fake anti-virus scams have been doing rounds for quite some time now. Hackers had previously used mediums, such as emails, websites etc. to carry out these scams. Now they have found another medium Skype.

Graham Cluley of Sophos has posted a video showing off the scam attempt in action. The MO is that of a common phishing attack, relying on inducing  a sense of predicament  on the victim. The automated call warns the victim that his/her computer is not protected and gives a link to follow in order to activate your computer protection’.

Following that link will take you to a web page that pretends to scan your computer. Not surprisingly, it will find some issues and will recommend you to buy their anti-virus software worth $19.95.

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Image Credit: Naked Security

Obviously, when you get this kind of call, just disconnect it and don’t visit the websites that they mention.

Also, always use a reputed anti-virus, and more importantly make sure that it is fully updated. There’s no point in using an outdated antivirus. My recommendation   for a good AV would be Microsoft Security Essentials as it is free and light on resources. But you can of course use other known anti-virus software, such as AVG and Avast.