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Nicki Minaj Sex Tape – Exclusive!!! – Facebook Scam

Update: Another scam about Nicki Minaj is being spread on Facebook with the message “Nicki Minaj Gets Caught on Tape (LEAKED Tape)“, so please stay away from it.

A new scam on  Facebook  is underway, which claims to show a sex video of the hip hop and R&B recording artist, Nicki Minaj who recently rose to fame after becoming a member of the rapping group Young Money.

The scam titled – “NlCKl MlNAJ S E X TAPE – EXCLUSIVE!!!” comes along with a description which reads – “Her boyfriend gave this tape to a BBC Reporter. Watch it live before it is taken down by her lawyers” is a click-jacking scam, and is spamming the entire social network.

Niki Minaj Sex Tape - Facebook Scam

The scam is spreading in different version. One of the versions will take you to a bogus BBC News webpage, which contains an image that appears like a YouTube video player. Clicking on the play button will click-jack and like-jack your Facebook account, and will automatically post the message on your wall. The message will spread across your friends news feed, who will then be a victim of the scam.

After clicking on the play button, you will be redirected to another page where you will be asked to complete a set of online surveys. However, even after completing all the surveys, there isn’t any video shown.

The other version of the scam is a  Facebook  application. The application will request you to grant permissions to post messages on your Facebook wall. By granting permissions to the app, the app will constantly start spamming your wall with the scam message. The app might also gain access to your personal information and photos.

I recommend that you avoid clicking on the scam message if you come across it. It is dangerous to click on unsolicited URLs as it may automatically download malware programs, which are designed to gather user credentials like username, password and credit card details, and email them to cyber-criminals without your knowledge. Recommend your friends to avoid clicking on this message or alert them by sharing this post.

If you come across this post, you know what to do. Delete it! Alert your friends by asking them not to share or likethe message. Alternatively you can report the scam to the  Facebook  Security  team. Also, please  go through the official document released by Facebook, which will definitely help you tackle scam messages. The document is available for free and you can  download  a copy of it from the  Facebook Security Page.

We have also compiled 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. Don’t forget to share this post with your  friends  and  alert  them about the scam.

We constantly report scams and hoax messages that are spreading on Facebook. You can always stay updated by bookmarking this link –  techie-buzz.com/scams

Funny Hoax on Facebook’s Privacy Settings

I thought that hoax messages like Professional Hacker Named ‘Faceb Hu’ Trying to Hack Facebook Accountand Worst Ever Virusare usually created to scare users on Facebook, but today I came across a funny hoax message indicating that there is a new issue related to Facebook  privacy which will peek into your bathroom and steal your towel while you shower.

Here’s the complete message –

Facebook Privacy Settings Joke

NEW PRIVACY ISSUE WITH FACEBOOK! As of tomorrow, Facebook will creep into your bathroom when you’re in the shower, smack your bottom, and then steal your clothes and towel. To change this option, go to Privacy Settings > Personal Settings > Bathroom Settings > Smacking and Stealing Settings, and uncheck the Shenanigans box. Facebook kept this one quiet. Copy and Paste on your status to alert the unaware

That’s really an unusual and a funny message related to Facebook’s privacy settings. However, Graham from Sophos identified the similar post, but also noticed something very strange. He found that the post was shared publicly to “everyone” on Facebook.

This isn’t a security threat, however, on a serious note, before sharing something on Facebook, make sure that you always check whom you are sharing it with. For instance, if you happen to share a personal information with “friends” or a certain group, but accidently post it as “Public”, then obviously it wouldn’t remain personal anymore.

Facebook Sharing

From the above image you can notice that you can always choose whether you want to share the information publiclyor just with friends. So double-check before you share anything on Facebook. Here are my current (custom) privacy settings on Facebook. These settings control who can see what I share.

Facebook Custom Privacy Settings

To configure your privacy settings, go to Accountsand click on Privacy Settings. I hope this will help you configure privacy settings appropriately for your personal information.

I recommend you to go through the official document released by Facebook, which will definitely help you tackle scam messages. The document is available for free and you can  download  a copy of it from the  Facebook Security Page. In addition to that, I have written an article which explains on How to prevent your Facebook account from being hacked.

Free iPhone 5 Giveaway – Facebook Scam

Earlier this week, it was reported that an Apple employee lost yet another iPhone prototype in a restaurant and bar in San Francisco. Now that Apple is working with the police to recover the missing iPhone prototype, scammers have already started to create pages and post updates on Facebook, trying to trick users by offering them free iPhone 5.

Even though Apple hasn’t officially announced the iPhone 5, users on Facebook  are falling for the trick by completing the steps required to claim the device. Here is a post that I noticed while I was on Facebook:

Free iPhone 5 Giveaway - Facebook Scam

The scam titled – Get the New iPhone 5 – Pre Release Giveaway” has a message that states “Many people are asking us that why are we giving away the iPhone 5 for free?, which increases users curiosity to know the answer to that question, and ultimately lead them to click on the link.

Clicking the link will take you to a bogus webpage, where you will see the answer to the questions as “The answer is our gaming advertisers and sponsors pay us for each of our promotion. And the  iPhone 5 for our Visitors are financed by our advertisers and sponsors. So it’s free for both, you and us.”

In order to claim the reward, you are asked to complete three steps which include, likingthe Facebook  page, sharing it with your friends and posting a message that you got a free iPhone 5 along with the link to the bogus webpage.

Recently we reported a fake Facebook contest, which indicated that Facebook is Giving 100000 Apple iPod Free. However, this was reported as a scam, and Facebook took down the page immediately.

Please note that there is NO iPhone 5 given for free. Forget about the free giveaway, Apple hasn’t announced iPhone 5 yet, so there’s no point in taking part in such contests. DO NOT likeor share the message with your friends. If you come across posts like this, please delete it or report it to the Facebook Security team.

Scammers create such posts to loot users. Sometimes you will be asked to complete online surveys by providing your credentials. Credentials that you enter are submitted to the scammer, who might then misuse it by stealing your money or hacking your accounts.

If you’re a Facebook  fan and want to stay updated on the latest scams, threats and security news, I would recommend you to bookmark the link – Techie-Buzz.com/tag/facebook-scam – where we regularly post the latest attacks or follow Techie Buzz on Facebook.

Facebook has come up with a 14 page document called Guide To Facebook Securitywhich will help its users understand the social network’s security features and possible ways to protect their account from threats like malware and phishing attacks. It also includes tips on how users can avoid  click-jacking and like-jacking scams.

I recommend you to go through the document which will definitely help you tackle scam messages. The document is available for free and you can  download  a copy of it from the  Facebook Security Page. You may also be interested in reading on  How to Prevent Your Facebook Account from Getting Hacked

Back to Old Facebook Profile – Phishing Attack

While there have been a number of phishing attacks reported earlier, cyber criminals aren’t giving up their luck, and are continuing to post phishing attacks on Facebook in an attempt to compromise user account and steal sensitive information. A new phishing  attack is underway on Facebook, which is trying to jester users by asking them to revoke to the old Facebook design.

Although users are annoyed with the recent changes that Facebook has made, cyber criminals are taking advantage of it by creating pages like Need Old Profile back, which has already attracted over 59,000 people to likeit. This is an attempt by cyber criminals to hack your Facebook account, so DO NOT likeor share the page with your friends.

Need Old Facebook Back - Phishing Attack

The Facebook  page has links that will lead to the following website –

Bring Back Old Facebook Profile - Phishing Attack

In the above webpage you are asked to follow a few steps which include likingtwo Facebook pages. Once done, you are then asked to click on the Click here to enterlink button, which will take you to a form hosted on Google Spreadsheets.

The form is titled – Facebook Converterin which you are asked to enter your Facebook  username and password. You really don’t have to do this. Since this is a phishing attack, your username and password will be sent to the scammer, who will have full control over your Facebook account.

Facebook Profile Converter - Phishing Attack

UPDATE: Google has deleted the form.

If you have accidently clicked on the link and completed the form, I advise you to immediately change the password of all your accounts. Please understand that there is no way to get back to the older version of Facebook. Facebook does not provide an option to its users to revert back to any of the previous versions. If you come across any applications or pages that claim to change your Facebook account to the older version, then please ignore or delete it. You can report such apps or pages to the Facebook Security  team.

However, there are browser  extensions  that will help your get back to the older versions of Facebook. Keith has written an article on How yo can change the new Facebook layout to the older one.

Avoiding such scams is 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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Red Arrow Crashes During Air Show Video – Facebook Scam

In a tragic incident, flight Lieutenant Jon Egging’s Hawk T1 jet crashed into a river during the Bournemouth Air Festival yesterday, after which he was pronounced dead.   This disastrous incident has got scammers to increase users’ curiosity by creating sensational headlines and promising them to show the crash video on Facebook.

The scam titled – “Red Arrow crashes during air show” leads to a Facebook page that contains an image which appears like a real YouTube player. Clicking on the play button will click-jack and like-jack your Facebook account automatically, and will reload the page with a set of surveys, which you will be asked to complete them in order to watch the video.

Red Arrow crashes during air show - Facebook Scam

However, there is no point in completing any steps or surveys, because there is no video shown at the end of the process. Scammers post Facebook scam messages like this to get users to “like” the message and complete surveys.

This scam is similar to the recent death video of the infamous Osama Bin Laden, Justin Bieber scam,  Miley Cyrus scam,  teen from Egypt commits suicide scam  and  girl killed herself after dad posted on here wall scam. The mode of operation of all these scams is similar, as they entice users to click on a link and then ask them to fill a survey while posting an update to their wall.

Scammers earn money by getting users to complete online surveys. Sometimes, users are asked to purchase surveys using credit cards, and the entered card details will be sent to the scammers, which could be further misused. They are also used to spread malware and obtain personal information.

If you come across this message, please ignore it or delete it from your news feed. Alternatively, you can report it to the Facebook Security team, and prevent other Facebook members from falling for the trap.

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. Here’s an article that might help you protect your Facebook account from hackers –  How to Prevent Your Facebook Account from Getting Hacked

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Get A Free $100 Pizzahut Gift Card – Facebook Scam

Facebook’s anti-spam computer algorithm might have a way to tackle scam messages, but that doesn’t stop scammers from creating new scams and spreading them across the network. A new bogus offer is now underway, which offers users a “Free $100 Pizza Hut Gift Card” upon completing a set of surveys.

Get A Free $100 Pizzahut Gift Card! Facebook Scam

The message contains a link, www.FreePiesOn.us that leads to bogus webpage, which displays an alert box with a message in Hindi that states – “Congratulations! You are today’s 19th winner (current date). Please select a prize, enter your email address and enter your shipping information”

Entering into the site will display the following page:

Get A Free $100 Pizzahut Gift Card! Facebook Scam

There isn’t any relation between the title of the scam and the website that you are taken to. The title says that you will receive a $100 gift card from Pizza Hut, but you are taken to a site that contains affiliate links to coupon sites like SnapDeal and MyDala. The site also has a flashing title that states – “You are the winner of today”

On the bottom-right, you will notice a timer, which indicates that you need to claim the offer within the provided time, else it will expire. In order to claim the prize, you need to enter your email address and shipping details, which will completely compromise your privacy.

Clicking on the Continuebutton will take you the respective coupon site, where you will be asked to enter your email id to create a new account. Sometimes, you will be redirected to another page where you will be asked to purchase reward surveys by entering your credit card details.

If you come across messages like this, then please avoid clicking on them. Scammers create such scam messages to make money by tricking users to enter username, password and credit card number. I suggest you to remove the scam from your news feed by clicking on the Xmark on the top-right corner of the post. Alternatively you can report the scam to the Facebook Security team.

Facebook has come up with a 14 page document called Guide To Facebook Securitywhich will help its users understand the social network’s security features and possible ways to protect their account from threats like malware and phishing attacks. It also includes tips on how users can avoid  click-jacking and like-jacking scams.

I recommend you to go through the document which will definitely help you tackle scam messages. The document is available for free and you can  download  a copy of it from the  Facebook Security Page.

“HaHa… I would hate to be this person” Facebook Scam

A new scam is making its way around the Facebook realm. The scam tries to feed on people’s curiosity by placing a post on people’s wall that reads, “HaHa… I would hate to be this person. Talk about embarrassing!!! Can you believe they posted that on their Facebook?” Below you will see a picture of what the scam looks like. It will appear in your feed as if one of your friends posted it. Don’t fall for it!

Scam PicIf you click on the link it will take you to a website that basically attempts to steal your Facebook credentials. See the picture below. Notice that the website presents itself as Facebook wanting you to login. If you do this they will steal your credentials and use your Facebook account to spread further havoc. In the picture below, you will notice the URL highlighted at the top. Notice it says, “futurejobstodayb.com/b1/b1us/”. This is not Facebook. That is a sure fire sign that this is a SCAM!

Fake Login

If you have fallen victim to such a scam, immediately change your Facebook password. To do this open Facebook, go to “Account”, then “Account Settings”, and then find the line that says “password”. There will be an “edit” link which is where you go to change your password.

There are many ways you can identify and avoid Facebook scams. Read through the articles in our Social Media section listed at the top of this web page. Be aware of oddities. For instance, if you have a friend that seldom posts gossip or doesn’t look at porn, be aware when a gossipy or pornographic link shows up on their wall. Also notice the URL of the link they want you to click. If the website name seems real strange and random, you might consider asking your friend if they meant to post that link, and if it is OK.

I hope this helps prevent some future problems for you. Please share this link with a friend and, as always, I love to hear your comments and feedback.

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.

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.