Getting Informed about Facebook Frauds

Facebook gives just about every person with internet access the ability to set up an online profile and interact with other people. The site has proven itself as an invaluable social networking tool for businesses and individuals, but its very nature makes it easy for malicious people to perpetrate hoaxes against other members.

Following Facebook Hoaxes and Frauds

This blog provides a place where Facebook users can have in-depth discussions about current Facebook hoaxes and those that have been used in the past. Hopefully it will also provide some entertainment as we explore a few ridiculous hoaxes that have tricked mainstreams media but hardly given Facebook users a reason to pause.

Serious and Amusing Facebook Hoaxes

There are many different types of Facebook hoaxes to discuss, and they vary in their degree of maliciousness. One hoax that we’ll explore concerns the Facebook World President scheme that tricked the French media but didn’t actually cause any real harm. It was just a practical joke.

Nefarious Facebook Hoaxes

Others, though, are more nefarious. This includes phishing schemes that send out thousands of emails from criminals posing as Facebook customer service representatives. The fake customer service reps request login and password information from members, urging them to reply promptly before their profiles are deleted. Once the criminals have a member’s log-in information, they can access profile to send spam. Some of the phishing schemes even try to get more private information that allows criminals to commit identity theft.

Another common phishing technique involves setting up a fake Facebook web site. It’s designed to look like Facebook, but it isn’t. When you try to log-in to the site, it takes your information, which allows the phishers to access your Facebook site.

Facebook Hoaxes about Missing Children

Perhaps the most perplexing and disturbing hoaxes are those about missing children. Why would anyone do this? Usually for pretty absurd reasons. Some of them are just pranks pulled by immature people who don’t understand the serious heartache that comes from a missing child. They might, for instance, include a phone number at the end of the message, urging individuals to call for more information. The phone number, however, does not go to a police department or despondent parent. More often than not they connect callers to annoyed individuals who are being pranked by teenagers.

Regardless of the reason that criminals and pranksters implement Facebook hoaxes, this blog will continue to follow their activity. Check back regularly to learn how you can protect yourself from hoaxes and prevent yourself from unwittingly getting involved in a scheme.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on March 11, 2010.

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