Is Your Data Safe on Facebook? Beware of These Scams!
People use Facebook to share their experiences, connect with friends and family, and build communities every day. It’s a service for people to express themselves across countries and cultures and multiple languages freely.
The standards are based on feedback from people and experts’ advice. The goal of the Community Standards is to create a place for people to express themselves and give them a voice.
In some cases, Facebook allows content – which would otherwise go against the standards – if it’s newsworthy and in the public interest. This is done only after examining the public interest value against the risk of harm, and we look to international human rights standards to make these judgments.
Facebook is the world’s most popular social media platform. More than 2.8 billion users log in every month to catch up with near and dear ones, share information, get their news, and even shop.
According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, financial losses from social media scams overreached hundreds of millions of dollars. The site’s popularity makes it perfect for cybercriminals. Fraudsters have a vast pool of potential victims at their fingertips with so many active users.
There are various types of online scams through Facebook or any other social media platform:
Fake emails regarding joining any community on Facebook, signing a petition, or following a link on any other platform are just spoofed.
Sometimes the website will ask for your account details and ask you to connect it. It might also ask you to validate your login information. A new phishing trend is to send you an email link asking you to reset your Facebook account, claiming it has been disabled for security purposes.
Whatever the reason for phishing, the goal is always the same — to get you to provide confidential information to cybercriminals.
Fake Charity Scams
When disaster strikes, it is human nature to want to help. For many, the way of helping is by donating money. Fraudsters know this, and they get a chance to earn money by doing fraud. They create fake charity pages, websites, and even accounts on popular sites, then promote their charities on your Facebook feed. Usually, they ask you to pay via online Phone to Phone transfer.
Fake quizzes and game Scams
All those getting to know you better and just for fun quizzes on Facebook seem interesting enough, but these scams are very risky. They are all designed to extract personal information like account details or passwords. Cybercriminals know this and use these quizzes to hack into a user’s Facebook account. They can do a lot of extra damage beyond simply taking over your Facebook account.
Fake Friend Requests Scams
Anyone using Facebook for a long time has experienced this scam. You get a Facebook friend request from someone you are already friends with. This is the favourite strategy by scammers, who copy entire Facebook accounts to mimic an honest person whom you know. When you accept that request, you give the scammer insider access to you, even if you have your Facebook account locked down. They engage with you and use your trust to make you into falling for their other scams.
10 Tips to avoid scams on Facebook
- Lock down your Facebook privacy settings.
- 2. Enable two-factor authentication.
- Decline a friend request from anyone you don’t know.
- Ignore messages asking for personal information or money+ to avoid messenger scams.
- Don’t click on suspicious links sent to you.
- Check your login history regularly.
- Use a strong password and never share it with anyone.
- Shop only from a verified and trusted brand account.
- Keep a check on the accounts of your name.
10. Report immediately if an account is using your credentials.