Beware of “Free Apple iPad 3″ Offers

Don’t get excited if you find a Page on Facebook that states – You stand a chance to win a “Free iPad 3.” They’re all fake offers and there is no Apple iPad’s given away. In fact, Apple has not announced the iPad 3, and users who are not aware of this fact, generally click on such messages. Such users should avoid clicking these messages and stop them from spreading on Facebook.

There are over hundreds on Facebook pages created by scammers and even small companies who are desperately looking for “likes” for their company’s official Facebook Page. The fake pages created have the title – “Win Free iPad 3″, “Free iPad Giveaway”, and many more, are only used to trick users and get them to “like” the public pages on Facebook.

For instance, we found a company called ‘Ezivoucher KL’ that as posted an update stating that Facebook users who “like” their company page will stand a chance to win a free iPad. This is a simply ridiculous way to generate “likes.” They’ve also asked users to post the comment “I Love Ezi Ipad” on their Facebook Timeline.

Here’s a screenshot of a user sharing the message –

Free Apple iPad 3 Giveaway on Facebook

There are several such Pages created on Facebook, and it is advised not to fall for such tricks and complete the mentioned steps. There is no way you will get a free iPad or any other gift by simply “liking” an image or a Facebook Page.

Here’s another example of a fake giveaway offer –

We are an expert in Gadget! We will be launching our website soon with more than 1000 products! and we are giving away free iPad 2’s! All you have to do is follow these steps:

1- Like our page [link]

2- Like the Photo

3- Share the photo on your wall and comment by writing “Give me Ipad2″

PLEASE NOTE : YOU MUST DO ALL STEPS OR YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE VALID.

DO NOT complete the steps whatsoever! Sometimes scammers trick users by posting content like this in order to get users complete online surveys. They even try to extract 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.

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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Hidden Camera in Selena and Justin’s Bedroom Facebook Scam

Yet another scam related to Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez has been found spreading on the social networking site, Facebook. The earlier scams we reported were “Selena Gomez Caught On (LEAKED Tape) and the Justin Bieber” and “Selena Gomez New Kissing Video Leaked!!!.”

The new scam titled – “Omg. There was a hidden camera in Selena & Justin’s bedroom” is spreading across the social network and has already attracted thousands of users to click on the scam link.

Hidden Camera Salena Justin Bedroom

Clicking on the scam message will take you to a bogus page where a fake video player will be displayed. Clicking on the play button will open up a pop-up message box asking you to complete online surveys before you can watch the video. This in turn will click-jack and like-jack you Facebook account by automatically posting the same scam message on your Facebook Timeline.

Note: The scam uses multiple domains. You may see variations in the landing pages, but they are all the same.

Hidden Camera in Selena and Justin's Bedroom Facebook Scam

The other version of the scam has the title – “Oops!!! There was a hidden camera in Selena & bieber’s bedroom.

Scammers trick users by posting content like this in order to get users complete online surveys. Sometimes, they try to extract 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.

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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Google, Yahoo!, Facebook and Microsoft Start Battle Against Email Spam

One of the biggest problems that the Internet has faced for years, and is facing still, is spam. It is estimated that more than 90% of the total Internet traffic is email spam. The figure has come down considerably, after Microsoft hunted for and took down a number of botnets. Nonetheless, the volume of spam is still high enough, that it is a matter of concern.

Spam is so popular and widespread, there are businesses based on spam, which thrive on the naiveness of the casual Internet surfer. Most of these spammers gather personal data or credentials, using phishing attacks.

This time, all tech giants, namely Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, PayPal, Facebook and LinkedIn are going after spammers. They have decided to verify if the email sender is indeed the actual sender. Ars Technica writes on this, claiming that SMTP is too old to, and the concept of emails has become complicated since its birth.

Although methods like SPF and DKIM  have been used in email phishing protection already, they have their limitations. Instead, these tech giants are working on a new protection scheme called DMARC.

As with SPF and DKIM, DMARC depends on storing extra information about the sender in DNS. This information tells receiving mail servers how to handle messages that fail the SPF or DKIM tests, and how critical the two tests are. The sender can tell recipient servers to reject messages that fail SPF and DKIM outright, to quarantine them somehow (for example, putting them into a spam folder), or to accept the mail normally and send a report of the failure back to the sender.

As DMARC stores extra information about the sender, it has to record all the senders, to function effectively. This makes a global rollout compulsory for DMARC to be effective in fighting spam. In the next few months, we will see how the Internet community receives DMARC and whether it is effective against spam.

India becomes the top source of Spam emails in Q3 2011

spamAccording to a recent report from Internet security company Kaspersky Labs, India has become the top source of spam emails for the third quarter of 2011.

During this period, about 79.8% of total emails sent were spam and out of this, 14.8% originated in India. The second and third positions are also held by developing nations Indonesia with 10.6% and Brazil with 9.7%. All of the top ten sources are Asian, South American or Eastern European countries.

spam_countries

With limited or no laws at all to tackle the issue of spam, these countries have become the safe haven for criminals looking to exploit the internet community by spamming.

India’s huge internet user base (which is currently the third largest behind China and US) and lack of awareness among the general public about general security practices could have been the reason for India’s rise as the world’s spam capital.

Some of the other important details from the Kaspersky Spam Report are –

· In Q3 of 2011, the share of spam in mail traffic was down 2.7 percentage points compared to the previous quarter, averaging 79.8%.

· The percentage of fraudulent emails in spam traffic increased twenty times, reaching 2%.

· Asia and Latin America remain the most prominent sources of spam.

· The share of partner program spam went up 5.7 times, accounting for 29% of all spam.

· The percentage of emails with malicious attachments grew by 1.17 percentage points and averaged 5.03%.

· The share of phishing emails averaged 0.03%. Three social networks were among the Top 5 organizations targeted by phishers.

You can read the entire report here.

Beware of ChatSend App on Facebook

If you are one of those users on Facebook who have downloaded the ChatSend  application, you may notice that the application has been acting shady of late.  The application has been linked to spammy Facebook message and is enticing Facebook users into installing the application that inaptly  advertises itself.

What is ChatSend Application?

According ChatSend, the application –

…creates advanced, innovative technologies to efficiently deliver large files across the Internet. Our innovative clientless peer to peer file sending platform, enable us to virtually send files without having the cost of heavy infrastructure, thus we provide the service for FREE .

Now, according to a report by GFI Labs, messages that link to ChatSend’s Facebook page started to appear on Facebook users’ inbox, which were posted without the user’s knowledge. The application not only posted a message, but also sent the same message via Facebook chat (if enabled) to all users in the list.

ChatSend Messages

Although the Facebook Security team has blocked the ChatSend” app, it is reported that the app is still promoting itself among friends of users who had installed it.

The app download link has been spreading in a way similar to how scam messages spread – by sharing or “liking” the post. It was noted that the app had received more than 134,000 likes. The message contains a link to download the ChatSend application and upon installing the app on the user’s computer, it may lead to installing a browser toolbar for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer that will set the default search engine to “Web Search.”

ChatSend Installation

While installing the app, you will notice under the Terms and Agreements, three boxes which are already checked by default, each of them validating the installation of toolbars, search engines and predefined URLs as homepage. Once the installation is done, the app starts sending automated messages to your friends on Facebook, each of which contains a unique link pointing to the download site.

If in case you have installed this application by mistake, you can remove it from the Add/Remove Programssection of the Control Panel. Also, it is recommended that you run a full system anti-virus scan, just to make sure that there no Trojans or any the malicious programs installed. If you  receive  any message  related  to ChatSend, then DO NOT click on any links provided in the message and be sure to delete it immediately.

It is always advised that you avoid clicking links on Facebook, which may cause a potential threat your Facebook account or your system. If in case you really want to click on a link or try out some new programs, then make sure that you have read enough reviews about it before installing it on your computer.

Read:  How to Avoid Facebook LikeJacking Scams

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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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.

Free Facebook Credits Scams Continues Spreading on Facebook

Back in June, we had written about a new Facebook scam which was promising to give users credits for free. The scam said that you could get 2000 credits for free from Facebook. We have been monitoring the situation for a while now and it looks like the scam is spreading more rapidly in different versions.

Facebook Credits Scam

Facebook credits are virtual currencies which allow users to buy virtual goods on Facebook and their gaming platform. Credits can be purchased from Facebook using real currently. The scam is similar to the Free Cityville coins Scam which is also doing the rounds lately.

We had detailed on how this scam works in the previous post, so you might want to read it to understand how it will affect your account. Currently, the Free Facebook credits scam is spreading using the following text:

WOW! I just got 10000 Facebook Credits for Free! And it worked too! No personal info required! 100% WORKING and totally free. Check it out, i got mine from [redacted]. How to Get 10000 Credits for any game (100% Free) Everyone can get 10000 facebook credits for free here!

Get Free 5000 Facebook Credits totally FREE !

Last call for Facebook Gifts 2000 Credits for any game FREE Check This Site, Which is offering 2000 FREE Credits for Limited Time Period [redacted]. Get Free 2000 Facebook Credits totally FREE !. GET IT NOW!

WOW! I just got 2000 Facebook Credits for Free! And it worked too! No personal info required! 100% WORKING and totally free. Check it out, i got mine from [redacted] :). Get 2000 Free Facebook Credits!. Get Your Free Credits Today!

We request you to not fall for this ploy as you might just end up spreading it to other users.

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.

[Video] Girl Brutally Pranked by 2 Guys While UNCONSCIOUS! – Facebook Scam

Yet another video related Facebook scam is spreading rapidly on Facebook. Just like earlier scams –  Brother Rapes and Kills His Sister,  A Girl Raped by Her Teacher in the Classroom  and the  Ex Girlfriend Revenge Video scam, this too comes with a title and thumbnail that would make most Facebook users curious and click on the scam message.

The new scam titled [Video] Girl brutally pranked by 2 guys while UNCONSCIOUS!with a description that states these guys took this prank to far! How could you do that to someone?is reportedly spreading like wildfire.

Girl Brutally Pranked by 2 Guys - Facebook Scam

From the above screenshot you can see that there are two versions of the scam with different descriptions. There could be several other variants in which this scam might be spreading. The website URLs in these updates might be different and not work because they get blocked pretty quickly.

The scam promises you to show a video after you have verified your age by clicking Jaatwice. By clicking the Jaabutton, your Facebook account will be click-jacked and like-jacked which will automatically update your Facebook wall with the scam message.

After you verifyyour age, you will be redirected to another page where you will be asked to complete a set of surveys. However, you will not be shown any video. It is advised that you ignore/delete the scam message from your news feed. Otherwise, it might lead your friends also to fall for the trap.  You can report the scam to  Facebook Security  as well.

We have  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.

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.