New Facebook Scams Uncovered as Facebook Reaches Over 500 Million Users

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Facebook has now reached over 500 million users followed by a blog post by CEO Mark Zuckerberg writing, “I could have never imagined all of the ways people would use Facebook when we were getting started 6 years ago. I want to thank you for being part of making Facebook what it is today and for spreading it around the world.”

facebook-scam-bugJust after we witnessed this monumental accomplishment of 500 million plus users on Facebook, it was discovered that Facebook now has a slew of new scams with messages that say, “OMG!! Guys, you have to see this: This mother went to jail for taking this pic of her son,” and “OMG!! McDonalds might soon shut down because of this, you have to see this.” Each of these deceiving Facebook update messages are bogus and followed by a link that redirects you to a page for tricking you into sharing the story with another Facebook friend.

The scam does not seem as malicious as you may think but it does have you take an online survey and asks for personal information. Even though the message is not true, one that reads “OMG!! McDonalds might soon shut down because of this, you have to see this” would spread like wild fire on Facebook especially since you have over 500 million users. It is nothing more than an attention-getting and probably a test to see if a hacker could implement a malicious scam to spread malware in the future.

View the video below from the security guy Graham Cluley on the matter:

This is not the first time that Facebook has been hit with a wave of misleading messages that forces others to share them and LIKE them. Another incident that happened just over a week ago was one that displayed the message “I am part of the 98.0% of people that are NEVER gonna drink Coca Cola again after this HORRIFIC video”. This one was actually accompanied with a link to a video that if you wanted to watch you must complete a survey which then leads you to relinquish personal information. I already stopped drinking coke for my own health reasons. Maybe it is time the hackers that are creating these messages post up something that is true for a change.

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