We’ve been getting reports that Facebook users are seeing a spike in certain hoaxes and scams. One about privacy is now so common, even local law enforcement is warning people to watch out. Here are the top five deceptive posts gaining traction right now.
1. Privacy Protection Hoax
Facebook users cannot retroactively negate any of the privacy or copyright terms they agreed to when they signed up for their accounts, nor can they unilaterally alter or contradict any new privacy or copyright terms instituted by Facebook, simply by posting a contrary legal notice on their Facebook walls. Moreover, the fact that Facebook is now a publicly traded company (i.e., a company that has issued stocks which are traded on the open market) or an “open capital entity” has nothing to do with copyright protection or privacy rights. Any copyright or privacy agreements users of Facebook have entered into with that company prior to its becoming a publicly traded company or changing its policies remain in effect: they are neither diminished nor enhanced by Facebook’s public status.
“It was all over my timeline and I saw a lot of my friends even comment like, you should do it, you should do it,” said Parra.
She did not. She had already developed a strong distrust. We’ll get to why in a minute, but first, a warning about another popular hoax.
2. Subscription Fee Hoax
This post claims Facebook will be charging to keep your page private ($5.99), and copying the post is your free ticket.
“The most important thing for people to realize about facebook is they’ve always said they’re not going to charge for people to use their services and they’ve never given us a reason not to believe that. And also we’ve really got to make sure that we are checking our privacy settings on our photos and not putting status updates to make it, to change our privacy agreements, that’s never going to work,” said Katie Freseman.
3. Dislike Button Scam
You might have heard Facebook is planning to launch something like a dislike button soon. But if you see a post offering to activate it, don’t click, you could end up with malware on your computer.
That’s just what happened to Parra with another common Facebook scam.
4. Clickjacking Scam
Facebook is flooded with posts of alluring or funny photos, video and bogus headlines trying to get you to click. And when you do, you get an unwelcome surprise.
“It seemed like an interesting video so I was like, let’s watch it. So I clicked on it and instead it was just like, my computer went crazy,” said Parra.
She says a phone number popped up to fix it, she called, and the scammers asked for her credit card number.
She refused, but the computer is a total loss.
“I definitely learned my lesson,” she said.
5. Tag Scam
This one comes to your email inbox.
It claims someone has tagged you and provides what looks like a Facebook link, but it’s malicious.
to get around that, try to go directly to facebook through the website or app instead of clicking on any links.
So whether it’s hoaxes that can mislead you, or scams that can cost you, keep in mind skepticism is truly your best “friend” on social media.