Scammers are exploiting more than ever for Facebook to lure victims. For months is taking advantage of events to get personal information such as phone numbers and extract money. These are the most common techniques to which attention must be paid.
Security firms turn to point the finger problem that takes months to expose, but instead of shrinking is becoming chronic. According to a report from Trend Micro, “tens of thousands” of users have signed up for any event from spammers and scammers, either by mistake or believe that it is something useful. For example, Sophos found an event that reached 10 million users and finally agreed to 165,000.
Beware pump owners
Currently, most fraud and misleading advertising techniques is in the events, as those who promote it have realized that the links placed on the walls of the users have just lost in a sea of content.
It is used to make them more attractive pump owners, covering needs that can not really be satisfied in the network. The clearest examples are the typical “I know who has viewed your profile” and “Who has blocked you?” Something that remains impossible, but it draws the attention of the majority.
Facebook has always defended the decision to block a user is “confidential”, so neither has a direct nor allow applications that use their API to do so. So the company calls terminated to any application that claims to do so. Not so the events that are still listed as potential sources of fraud in its help page.
Another type of false campaign attracts users through incredible experiences. Are events that need to sign up to view a video or photo theoretically explosive? An example is an event entitled “Never write a message after watching this VIDEO!” With 13,500 members, who actually leads to a scam?
How to get money
When does the claim and the user is added to the event, starts the thymus. You are asked to visit the information page on which you receive specific instructions on how to carry out that action he pursues. But knowing who blocked you who visited your profile or to view this video you will have to pay money.
The easiest way to scam is asked to fill in a form which must include the telephone number. That number is automatically used to sign a premium service for which the scammer takes advantage. At other times he intends to participate in a survey or a contest as a way of obtaining personal data.
There are also occasions in which fraudsters are not the money directly to the user, simply deceive them in order to get clicks to their sites and increase advertising revenue. To achieve these visits hide their links with URL shortening service that prevent the user know where you are going to satisfy your curiosity.
Therefore no longer enough to pay attention to applications that are downloaded and the links they click, but also to events that are accepted. Because even if they are in the wall of a Friend Can be risky and remember, there are things you still can not find on Facebook.