Beware of Facebook scam

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by Gary Harper

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azfamily.com

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 7 at 12:00 PM

PHOENIX -- For many, Facebook has become part of our everyday lives. And with its growing popularity, scammers are getting involved and taking advantage of unsuspecting Facebook users by impersonating Facebook alerts that look important.

"It's a little play off something we've seen before where you'll get an email, supposedly from Facebook or a friend on Facebook, saying, 'Check out this new update' or 'There's a lot of activity that you need to know,'" said Felicia Thompson with the Better Business Bureau in Phoenix.

The BBB is warning consumers about the spreading scam.

"The BBB definitely feels like it's important, whenever we realize there's a scam happening, we want to share that information with the public and one of the ways we can do that is through social media, ironically," Thompson explained.

"Flies go where the honey is. We're spending more time on social media than we are on Google or email than we are on anything these days," Ken Colburn said.

Colburn is a computer expert with Data Doctors and said as social media trends continue to grow, so do scams.

"What they're doing now is creating very legitimate-looking phishing scams so you'll get an email that looks like it came from Facebook and when you click on the link, that's the beginning of the hack," Colburn described.

And hacking into your system can cause some serious chaos. It can range from some hidden program they try to slide in, to trying to sell you garbage, to infecting and overtaking your actual computer.

And Colburn said that can lead to them having access to a lot of your personal information. However, there are some things you can do to prevent the scammers from getting into your system.

The safe thing to do is to turn off all email notifications from Facebook and, of course, just never click on any links. Go and manually connect to your Facebook profile yourself and then look on the notification section.

Colburn said in this social media day and age, you constantly have to have your guard up against scammers.

"They know where you are, they know where you're most likely going to be falling for a scam and so they are going to continue to target those things," he said.

If you do fall for this Facebook scam and click on something you shouldn't, all you have to do to protect yourself is to immediately change your password. That should keep them out.
 

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