9 social networking scams to avoid

Social networking sites attract many users, and hackers aim to attack these sites because it’s so profitable. This is dangerous for businesses because of how much time people spend on those sites at work.

Let the users in your company know to be aware of these common types of social network scams:

Ur cute. Msg me Scammers have been using sexual solicitation for years. Often, these messages include scandalous pictures.


Secret details about Michael Jackson’s death Everyone likes gossip and celebrity details, but these links lead to malicious sites or will install malware on the user’s computer.


I’m trapped in Paris! Please send money Known as the 419 scam, hackers tap into Facebook accounts and message friends asking them for money.


OMG! Did you see this picture of you? — Facebook and Twitter are notoriously known for scammers posting this on peoples’ walls. Messages that ask intriguing questions often lead to a fake log-in screen, which steals usernames and passwords.


Tweet for cash! — Avoid any variation of this message that offers ways to make money.


Protect your family from swine flu — To trap unsuspecting users, spammers will use concerning worldwide topics to reel people in.


Mike Smith commented on your wall post! Reading posts and comments from friends is one of the major Facebook features. However, users should be warned not to click on this application with names like “Your Photos” or “Post.” These notifications link users to a site called fucabook.com, send them to a pseudo Facebook page, and ask them  to log on. When they do, the site steals their log-in information, and then spams their friends.


Test your IQ Facebook users take quirky quizzes all the time, so it’s no wonder that many are duped by these IQ tests. One recent IQ test caused users to unwittingly subscribe to a text message service that cost $30.00/month.


Join State University’s Class of 2013 Facebook group Oftentimes these groups are not started by colleges, themselves. Beware.

Pass this information along to members of your company, or anyone you know so they can avoid spam, viruses and malware.

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