Spot And Avoid Scams Of Facebook

15/08/2011 09:33

"There's a sucker born every minute." This quote,

mainly attributed to PT Barnum, originally called misleading

attractions of the carnival spectacle, but is equally relevant to

internet scams, scams, especially on Facebook today.

None of the common fraud on Facebook "Facebook does not like

Button ", the" Stalker Tracker "(which is supposed to tell

who visits your profile), and "watch this video" stuff

FX is new, said Chris Boyd, principal investigator safe

UK-based GFI Software. "You would think that people do not

continue to fall for them, "he said. But of course they do.

Review of a desire to click on it can be difficult, and tricks

knowledge. feed on a combination of curiosity and users

confidence and their ability to disguise their scams as legitimate

online campaigns. Luckily

some clues to see.

False friends

One trick that fraudsters Facebook

use is to encourage people

click a URL convincing. But

Instead of seeing the site promised unintentionally mislead the person

Friends of mails with links to the same URL. some

messages are so convincing that the victims can give personal

information such as credit card numbers, including

scammer can then use to run unauthorized charges.

the central element of a successful scam is its ability to exploit

the confidence of the victim, said Dr. Robert D'Ovidio, Associate Professor

in sociology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Many scams

posed as links in messages from people you know. "These plans

just people in our network and our duty is al -

ready down, it is most difficult to police against. "

If a friend sent a link to what appears to be a video to your

wall with the comment: "Do you LOL?" Are you sure

click it. But it may be a scam or a link to a malicious site published

by a con man with a Facebook account hacked.

Two red flags to see when you click on a link: The

you to the page as promised, or that takes much longer

to load you expect. a delayed impact may mean that

You are bouncing between the proxy server to hide the hacker

position, rather than sent directly to your destination.

also pay attention to pages that ask you to enter unexpectedly

access information on Facebook. Once the fraudsters fail

access your account information, they can use it for spam

friends. If this happens, or if you suspect any foul play

art, change your password immediately.

Short URL may even pose a risk, because users can not be said

looking at a shorter web address if it is authentic.

so if someone posts a link or shortcut to the wall using

Facebook message or chat, in order to proceed with caution.

Finally, most scams are designed to produce REVE-NUE for scammers via pay-per-Bugs CORRECTIONS

regimes or click access to -

training can lead to unauthorized

charges on credit cards or phone bills.

What if the victim

If you find that you have been deceived,

first remove the offending application (go to

- [On applications and Web sites "]

[In "applications that use"], and

click the X next to the application you want

de Lethe). remove any message that

apply to you, alert your

friends what happened and change

Facebook password.

JR Parker, a lawyer with Kershaw,

Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP, says the key to

do not get ripped off is to be vigilant.

It is advisable to tie down all private

settings and restrict what applications can

do with your information or Facebook

page. To change this setting, registration

Facebook and click Account in the

top right and select

in "applications and Web sites at the bottom

left, and click Next

Information accessible for his friends.

Healthy skepticism is critical, too.

Here are some specific tips:

the name and follow him home for the App

page. Searching for something that seems strange

or unprofessional. Perform Search with Google

both the application name and author.

simple search can yield results indicate

What is legitimate and what is not.

(Including your username Facebook

and password) to anyone unless

some of the legitimacy of the beneficiary and the

security channel.

social network depends in part

Security-minded others

belonging to the network.

Security experts say that is your best protection:

"Be careful what you choose."