Facebook’s Most Common Scams And How To Avoid Them

Facebook’s most common scams are type of campaign that attracts many users who are “willing to click” anywhere, so there are still people who fall daily in this kind of deception.

Despite warnings from security companies about different ways of tricking people in social networks to steal information or infiltrate using malicious software, many curious users continue to fall in these deceptions on internet. Recently, ESET warned of a malicious campaign that promises to publicize who visit our profile, which is an old deception that ends in phishing (spoofing) your account.facebook fake campaign
First we must note that no application or an alternative to know this information, those who access the publication end up being redirected to other links to install an extension that aims to steal the active session of Facebook to continue spreading deception on behalf of the victim. On the other hand, this was not the first time that this type of scam appeared. The campaign had already circulated in 2011, under the phrase find out “who visits your profile”.

In case of falling into deception it is first necessary to alert your friends, uninstall the extension and change your Facebook password.

These type of campaign attracts many users who are willing to click, Clicking on a link seem to be a simple and harmless job so there are still people who fall daily in these kind of deception.


Other Malicious Campaigns :

  1. In early May, a publication circulated a gallery promoting the cast of the game of thrones , however it was a hoax seeking data from users.
  2. In March, some malicious campaign through publications of fake videos caused the download of malware on many users computers. The spread was recorded in 12 countries st that time. This case reminds a virus that in early 2015 spread like a pornographic video and affected hundreds of users.
  3. Previously two cases in which recognized brands such as Ray-Ban and McDonald’s were used to spread malicious software were also recorded. By following these dubious links, a user may be a victim of theft of credentials or download malicious code on your computer.
  4. ESET warned users worldwide about an active Ray-Ban scam campaign on Facebook, which tricks users into sending their payment card details to the attackers. Malicious links are disguised as a post on a timeline you were tagged in, or as a message sent to you via Messenger by a friend.fb3 Using one of the titles “My first video”, “My video”, “Private video” or a string of randomly generated characters, it tags various people from a victim’s friend list and lures them into clicking on it. fb2

“Throughout 2015 and early 2016, several campaigns used by cybercriminals to spread malware through fake news link with adult videos or shocking videos detected”.

What to do to protect your Facebook account?

  1. Build an impenetrable password.
  2. Check the login. Facebook filed every start of the account as an active session, which can be managed from the security settings.
  3. Detect unauthorized access. The social network allows you to configure alerts login. Each time a user logs into your account from a computer or from a different cell, will be notified.
  4. Avoid being a victim of a phishing campaign. One of the most common scams used on Facebook is the link to the news with shocking videos and adult videos. When clicked, the cyber criminal can access user data and thus steal their credentials. It is therefore important that the user does not enter questionable sites.
  5. Be careful with spam. If you notice that the account of a friend or family member is sharing the same message repeatedly, the user must be cautious before you click or share information.

So these are some of the case studies of the malicious activities and campaigns going on facebook and some of the precautions you could take to avoid these malicious attacks. Be cautious and remember that a simple click can compromise your privacy and safety online. 

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