Facebook Scams Grow

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Our fingers tap away to get to it everyday.

"I am probably on there anywhere from between 20-30 times a day," says Donesha Bolden, a Facebook user.

Facebook has become a common phrase.

Terms like "Facebook Me" or "Add Friend" have replaced face to face conversations.

With reconnections at your fingertips, not only has it become a breeding ground for new friendships, but added targets as well.

Cpt. Antonio Gonzalez, with the Houston Co. Sheriff's Office says, "Nothing in this world including your computer is absolutely secure. So the more information that goes in, the information goes all around."

Cpt. Gonzalez says pop-ups have been around long before Facebook was born.

However, with its popularity, you're seeing more viral links.

Take this recent one about McDonalds.

The message says "OMG!! McDonalds might soon shut down because of this, you have to see this."

The Better Business Bureau says if clicked, it will attempt to steal your password.

"Once you open something up, you may open the door to a lot of other things that you don't see until you open that door," Cpt. Gonzalez continued.

While it's important to think about your actions, it's also important to think about your friends. Would they really put a link on your wall on how to lose seven pounds?

Unfortunately, there is no definite way to tell the safe links from the links that could wreak havoc on your computer.

You may just want to stay away from those like "How to lose 10 pounds in 10 days."

The Internet is so fast paced; Cpt. Gonzalez says it makes it very difficult to get laws in place to protect users.


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  • by Harry Freeman Location: Dothan, Alabama on Jul 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    Not sure where you are getting your information from, but 5 million isn't even close to the number of users on Facebook. Maybe in Atlanta. CNN just reported this week that Facebook had topped the 600 million user mark, and that MySpace was trying to revamp their site towards a younger audience to try to regain some of the ground lost to FB. One of the latest scams recently that I've seen is watching a funny cat video or a link to a diet web page. Any page that asks you to log-in again to FB when you are already logged in should be reported immediately to FB. People don't report it and it keeps spreading. Here's a link to FB's Security page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/help/?page=420 and here's a link to a form for reporting suspicious activity:http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/help/contact.php?show_form=report_phishing. If user's would take the time to report such activity, it would lessen the impact to others. For help: http://freemanscomputers.web.officelive.com
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