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Facebook Follower Scam Prompts Victims to Inject Themselves with Dangerous Code

More than 17,000 Facebook users were tricked by a bold scam that promised them over 100,000 followers on the social network and made them willingly inject dangerous code in their browser. Bitdefender has started to analyze the dubious profile promoting the scam after several Facecrooks fans complained about the social engineering trick. Hackers behind the scam could be of Turkish origin. It all started with...

Scammers Turning to Facebook for Targeting, Research Shows

Scammers are increasingly taking advantage of Facebook targeting tools and user trust to tout cheap pharmaceuticals, designer replicas and other products in a trend dangerously reminiscent of traditional spam, according to Bitdefender research. The rapid growth of the social network and precision of its advertising tools are prompting criminals to lure Facebook users with tempting offers that may, like trad...

Facebook Users Scammed with Fake Zara, H&M, Amazon Gift Cards

Scammers are using fake Zara, H&M and Amazon vouchers to lure unwary Facebook users to fraudulent surveys that could lead to theft and privacy invasion. The free Bitdefender application Safego alerted users to the phony promotions that could steal their financial and personal details and leave them with their bank accounts empty. The scam starts with an enticing message on users’ timeline promising gift...

New Charity Scam Claims Parents Can’t Afford Surgery

A new charity scam spreading on Facebook claims parents can't afford surgery for their sick baby, according to Hoax Slayer. Once again, scammers “trade” likes, comments and shares for $1 to $100. After gaining user engagement and compassion, they can redirect likes towards fraudulent or malicious profiles and pages. The hoax features an image of a baby with a large surgery scar lying in a hospital bed. The ...

How to ‘Tinder’ More Safely for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, users are increasingly exposed to a series of scams and privacy dangers hidden by dating apps. Bitdefender offers some security advice to help users chat on Tinder in a safer environment. 1. Stay away from fake profiles Fake profiles have been making rounds on dating apps for a while now. On Tinder, you can set the maximum distance (in miles or kilometers) of your potential da...

’Profile Viewer’ Add-on Infects Facebook Users with Carfekab Trojan

Facebook users worldwide may be exposed to the Carfekab Trojan spreading in a new virulent campaign on the social network. The 'Profile Viewers' add-on entices users with the promise of seeing their stalkers on Facebook. Over 2,400 .tk domains have already been registered for malicious purposes. The browser extension fraudulently gathers 'likes' and spreads from one timeline to another. The downloaded “.exe...

New Nigerian Scams on LinkedIn Target Marketing, HR, Business Employees

A new series of Nigerian scams target corporate users on LinkedIn by sending them private messages, antivirus software provider Bitdefender has learned. This time, 419 scammers ask victims to cooperate in a money transfer that will “secure the future” of their children after retirement.  A fake profile created in the name of the CEO of a petrochemical company in Kuwait is inviting users to assist in receivi...

Facebook Cyber-Crooks Use ‘Leaked’ Snapchats Again

Cyber-crooks are making money once again through ‘leaked’ snapchats that lure Facebook users to phishing websites, according to Spyware Sucks. Almost 800,000 users have been already invited to check out the tempting images used as bait to grab confidential data. The series of ‘Snapchat’ scams started to circulate in December 2013 when security experts warned of a website called leaked-snapchatz.com that was...

LinkedIn Files Lawsuit against Fake Account Creators

LinkedIn filed a lawsuit against 10 people who created thousands of abusive accounts, according to the Wall Street Journal. The action comes less than two months after Bitdefender warned about fake recruiters enticing users of the social network with well-paid jobs. On Monday, LinkedIn filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The social network’s representatives sa...

Social Media Scammers to Double Holiday Profit, Bitdefender Warns

The number of Christmas scams flooding Facebook has almost doubled this year from last year, according to Bitdefender. A scan of timelines worldwide shows that social media scammers are likely to double their profits during the holidays. Facebook users are also exposed to over 10,000 free voucher scams that promise gifts for loved ones but deliver fraudulent surveys designed to grab their money and financia...

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