If you are a fan of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, you are at risk for identity theft. Unfortunately cyber criminals constantly create new ways to trick you out of not just your personal information, but your hard earned money.
The following are a few Facebook scams that have recently been an issue based on complaints. Keep in mind that cyber criminals create fake businesses in order to trick not just the public, but the website host such as Facebook or Twitter.
Some scams will appear as a pop-up window, through a text message or in your email as spam. Ultimately, cyber criminals will create official looking emails, websites or pop up windows to make you believe you are dealing with the real company.
Facebook Credit scam
According to several Scambook victims, people who purchased game credits for 1.99 found that their accounts had been charged multiple times and for as much as $150. Upon finding the charges with their bank, consumers tried contacting Facebook for a refund with little luck. The problem is that once you provide your credit card number, your information may be used again and again. So even if Facebook or the company sponsoring the game has your credit card number you are at risk for identity theft. If you absolutely must buy Facebook credits, it is best to use a prepaid card not the card linked to your bank account. For some games sponsored by Zynga, you can purchase a game card at 7-11 to avoid this Facebook scam.
Facebook deleted account scam
According to Scam Detector, many people have been receiving a fake message from a friend on Facebook saying,
"I'm serious guys; if you don't stop posting this, I will be erasing my account".
Attached to this fake message is a link to a Tumblr page filled with spam, so once you log onto this page, you are then directed to a fake Facebook login page where you are asked to enter your login ID, password, as well as answer your security question. Once you'v entered your information on this page you will then be redirected to a pop-up window asking you to update and download your You Tube Player. If you decide to do this and click on the link to begin the download, malware is then installed onto your computer. If this happens, hackers will then be able to access all of your personal information and accounts leaving you totally vulnerable to identity theft.
Facebook fan page verification scam
In this scam people are receiving a legitimate looking Facebook security email stating that for extra security measures a fan page verification program has been implemented. The message urges users to select a ten digit code in order to avoid having their page suspended. The problem with this scam is that the verification process will ask you to click on a link which unfortunately contains malware. Sadly scammers use spoofed pop-ups as a way to spread malicious software when you click on the link provided, so be careful and spread the word. If you feel your computer has been infected, download Trend Micro's Housecall free by visiting http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
If you live in Santa Ana and you are the victim of identity theft go to http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/pd/documents/identitytheftenglish.pdf for the Santa Ana Police Department Quick Reference Guide. No matter where you live, you will find important information in this guide if you are a victim of identity theft. If you live in another area than Santa Ana visit the Identity Theft Resource Center for additional resources as a victim of identity theft by visiting http://www.idtheftcenter.org/id-theft/state-resources.html for a list of resources in your state.
When it comes to being protected from identity theft, you must stay informed about the latest scams. It is also important to spread the word so that your friends won't end up giving your computer a virus or vice versa. Thank you so much for your visit today, it is appreciated. Don't forget to subscribe for the latest updates on identity theft.
Scam Detector (2013). Facebook deleted account Scam Detector Website. Retrieved from http://scam- detector.com/social-networking-scams/facebook-deleted-account
Scam Detector (2013). Facebook fan page verification Scam Detector. Retrieved from http://scam-detector.com/social-networking-scams/facebook-fan-page-verif...