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Topic # 150852 5-Aug-2014 15:22
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*sigh*

Got this list today from BitDefender


An analysis by antivirus software provider Bitdefender, has revealed the top 10 Facebook baits of the past 12 months with “guess who viewed your profile” scams keeping a steady first place, comprising almost one third of the total.

After tricking tens of thousands of victims last year and outclassing ‘profile stalkers’, the ‘free Disney tickets’ scam was excluded from this year’s list while “change your Facebook color” schemes now circulate internationally and claim 7.38 per cent of the total number of scams.

Rihanna continues to be the most tempting celebrity used as a “hook” for malware delivery via social media as Taylor Swift leaves the scam parade.

Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist at Bitdefender says despite all security warnings, users still want to see who has been taking a look at their profile because they believe these are legitimate apps, “this is social engineering at its finest – a challenging mental game that pushes the right psychological buttons. While the bait changes over time (stalkers, admirers, overly-attached girlfriends and exes), the reason this scam works is simple: human nature.”

Novelties in the top ten most successful scams lure users with free Facebook T-shirts (4.21 per cent). Fans aspiring for branded clothes end up filling out fraudulent surveys or installing malicious add-ons that mine their sensitive data. Other newcomers include scams that lure users with unsealed giveaways (2.41 per cent).

The past couple of years have seen a proliferation of Facebook scams to match the growth of the social platform. Below is a list of the ten most widespread Facebook scams:

 

     

  1. Total profile views/visitors (Check out now who viewed your profile) - 30.20% (US/UK, Australia)
  2. Change your Facebook Colour - 7.38% (US/UK, Australia)
  3. Rihanna sex tape with her boyfriend - 4.76% (US/UK, Australia)
  4. Check my status update to get free Facebook T-shirt from Facebook - 4.21% (US/UK, Australia)
  5. Say goodbye to Blue Facebook - 2.76% (France)
  6. Unsealed. We are giving them away for free - 2.41% (US/UK, Australia)
  7. Check if a friend has deleted you - 2.27% (US/UK, Australia)
  8. See your top 10 profile peekers here! You will be shocked to find out your ex is still creeping on your profile! - 1.74% (US/UK, Australia)
  9. Find out how to see who viewed your profile - 1.55% (Spanish-speaking countries)
  10. “I just changed my Facebook theme. It’s amazing” - 1.50% (US/UK, Australia)

 





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  Reply # 1102676 5-Aug-2014 15:25
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Lol, I see each of those at least once a day!





 


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  Reply # 1102677 5-Aug-2014 15:26
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Yep, the amount of people that share things on my timeline to get one of 500 unopened iPhones amazes me. I keep reminding them that those posts are all scams. 



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  Reply # 1102702 5-Aug-2014 16:24
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semigeek: Yep, the amount of people that share things on my timeline to get one of 500 unopened iPhones amazes me. I keep reminding them that those posts are all scams. 

Well most of them are, but this one really seems legit!  I mean they have photos of the unopened boxes, and everything!

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  Reply # 1102707 5-Aug-2014 16:37
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I see the 1 issue popping up as an advert relatively regularly. Thankfully the "Share this and get something amazing" ones seem to rarely appear now - people seem to be clueing onto it at last.

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  Reply # 1102760 5-Aug-2014 18:01
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I'm not gullible enough to use Facebook in the fist place and therefore have avoided the biggest scam of all :) 


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  Reply # 1102951 5-Aug-2014 22:17
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I find this extremely funny tho:

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    2. Change your Facebook Colour - 7.38% (US/UK, Australia)
    5. Say goodbye to Blue Facebook - 2.76% (France)
    10.“I just changed my Facebook theme. It’s amazing” - 1.50% (US/UK, Australia)


Over 10% of facebook users want to change the colour of facebook, but cannot.

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  Reply # 1116338 27-Aug-2014 11:14
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networkn: I'm not gullible enough to use Facebook in the fist place and therefore have avoided the biggest scam of all :) 




I wouldn't like to be using Facebook in the fist place....




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  Reply # 1116340 27-Aug-2014 11:15
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Actually, I thought that "win 15K NZ" would have been up there...



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  Reply # 1116356 27-Aug-2014 11:28
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Then there are all the Supermarket/DSE/Harvey Norman/JBHiFi/Virgin Australia giveaways. And people get snotty with the company being squatted on.

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  Reply # 1116431 27-Aug-2014 12:26
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And then there really are things you can win on Facebook. My brother won an all expenses paid trip to see the warriors play in Australia about 18 months back via Facebook. So now his family are motivated to enter everything they see on Facebook

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  Reply # 1116436 27-Aug-2014 12:30
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Dairyxox: And then there really are things you can win on Facebook. My brother won an all expenses paid trip to see the warriors play in Australia about 18 months back via Facebook. So now his family are motivated to enter everything they see on Facebook


Oh god what a nightmare!
Is there a FB scam alert page or anything? I must admit I haven't really looked...

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  Reply # 1116441 27-Aug-2014 12:44
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You mean Kmart WONT give me a $1000 voucher just for liking their page?





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  Reply # 1116473 27-Aug-2014 13:25
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On top of scams there are just plain trolling too: "Facebook's Zuckerberg said he will donate $1 for cancer research for every Share or Like to this photo" and then it starts...





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