Common Facebook scams often have to do with electronic giveaways, such as the free Apple ipad 3 scam. The “Check out my ipad 3” Facebook scam, also referred to as the 877ipad.com scam, is no different from similar Facebook scams promising to give away free ipads. The Check out my ipad 3 Facebook scam is a tag-jacking survey scam, associated with third-party malware and the unauthorized installment of Trojan horses. The 877ipad scam claims to be giving away free ipad 3s if Facebook users visit the website www.877ipad.com. The truth is that the 877ipad.com website is primarily used to collect personal information that visitors manually input into surveys and offers and collect revenue from completed third-party surveys and offers.
The Facebook pink scam, also referred to as the Switch to pink Facebook scam and pink profile scam, is a common Facebook tag-jacking and survey scam, that can infect a computer system with malware. The Facebook pink scam primarily hijacks Facebook accounts and tags multiple friends without consent of the Facebook account owner, in order to promote a fake survey or spread malware across the social network.
One of most common scams on Facebook is the change your Facebook black scam. The Facebook black scam is essentially a tag-jacking and survey scam, that may either hijack a Facebook account and post spam content, including the Facebook black scam with a large amount friends tagged to the post, or make it’s victims participate in an unnecessary and unethical survey. The Facebook black scam is also associated with malware. Many victims of the Facebook black scam have reported symptoms of a malware infection following the Facebook scam.
The change your Facebook black scam has been circulating on Facebook since 2012 and mostly targets intrigued Facebook users who believe that they can change their Facebook theme color from blue to black. A similar Facebook color scam is the Facebook Red scam.
Be on the alert for fake emails posing as PayPal from sender: email@example.com with the subject line similar to Receipt for your PayPal payment to Luiz Mariotto. These fake PayPal receipt emails are a sent by cyber criminals, not PayPal, and clicking links contained in the fake PayPal receipt email may install malware to the computer system, in particular spyware used in severe forms of cyber crime such as credit theft, extortion, and identity theft.
Warning, malicious email phishing attempts with the email subject line similar to Buy- LUXURY WATCHES,JEWELRY and ACCESSORIES,BAGS and WALLETS – CHRISTMAS SALE!!. This email message is a phishing attempt sent by cyber criminals, that tries to appear as a legitimate email message containing information about jewelry sales and may even post an image of watches for sale in the email body (as pictured below). DO NOT CLICK LINKS in the fraudulent email message. The links contained in the “luxury watch spam email message” are likely malicious and may infect an unsuspecting user with malware, including spyware.
The Celebrate 40 Years Of Starbucks Get A Free $100 Starbucks Gift Card Scam is primarily promoted through hijacked Facebook accounts, in which the victim’s account spams the fake Starbucks message in a post. It is also very common for the hijacked account to tag multiple friends in the spammed Starbucks gift card post as pictured below.
You may have noticed a lot of spam comments on Facebook concerning a product someone saw on the Dr. Oz show. The comments suggesting this fake Dr. Oz product may also contain links that may impersonate a Facebook page or suggest that the Dr. Oz comment is linked to a legitimate Facebook page even though the link is not. Clicking the link in the fake Dr. Oz comments is very dangerous and may cause a Facebook account to become hijacked, in which the account is then used to spread additional spam comments, or install malware to a computer system.
“I saw this product on the Dr. Oz show a few days ago and was amazed at the results. Today is my 8th day being on the program and I am 11lbs down!!:) I just want others to know when something works. Good luck to you all! “
The visa250.com scam is a common telephone scam where the victim receives a text message stating that they have won a “free $250 Visa prepaid giftcard”. Clicking links provided in the text message may install malware to the cellular phone or computer system including adware and spyware.
This is also similar to many scam surveys where the primary purpose of the phishing attempt is to direct the phone or internet user to suspicious surveys. These surveys often state that they must be filled out before receiving the free $250 prepaid Visa gift card.
Please note, you did not actually win and will not receive a free $250 Visa gift card.
One of the most popular Facebook scams in early 2013 is the change your Facebook red scam, also referred to as the Facebook Red Scam, Facebook R3D scam. The Facebook Red scam works different ways, be that clicking a link associated with Facebook Red and Facebook Red posts may install malware to the computer system and internet browser including adware, browser hijackers, and spyware. The Facebook Red scam may even direct the Facebook user to an unwanted survey, direct the Facebook user to a website hosting additional malware or drive-by download website, and/or simply not perform as advertised, meaning the Facebook Red will not actually turn your Facebook template color from blue to red.
Many Facebook users have received the Facebook LEGAL NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION email and suspected it as being spam, or some sort of phishing attempt. Though the email may seem alike many spam emails now a days, the email is not spam, the email and message detailed in the email is legitimate.