More advice about Phishing Scams on Facebook

A while back, I wrote a post on “Like” and “Share” giveaways on Facebook. There are legitimate ones out there, and I have sponsored one in the past. However, there are scammers out there that use these as opportunities for phishing.

This morning, a new one popped up in my newsfeed, so I wanted to share it and give some details on how to spot a fake.

This is the page I saw:

disney cruise scamAt first glance, it looks like a real page. In fact, if you click here, you can see that they duplicated the cover photo and profile picture of the actual page.  However, there is one big clue that tips me off that this might be a fake page without scrolling any further. Notice the number of “likes. ” Disney is a big business. Any pages connected with them are going to have a high number of followers just because they have the marketing and clout to obtain them.

The other thing that tips me off is that there is a series of numbers after the link on Facebook. Disney pages all have unique ids. If you scroll further, you may notice that the page was just created today, and that the only posts are about the “fabulous giveaway” they are offering. There is a lack of information in the about section as well.

Scammers use these kinds of pages for phishing purposes. If there are links attached, they may want you to click them, so that malware can be installed on your computer. They also build up a following on these pages and sell them to other people.

In any case, it is best to stay away from them. Look over pages carefully to see interaction and always question the legitimacy. There are legitimate giveaways out there. Just keep these tips in mind to keep from getting scammed.

 

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