Fake Facebook Pages and Promos May Steal Your Identity

Facebook estimates that between 5.5 percent and 11.2 percent (68 to 138 million) of a user accounts are fake. While many of these feign accounts feign to be individuals, some are feign association pages.

Take Southwest Airlines, for example. If we hunt for “Southwest Airlines” on Facebook, it will move adult a central Southwest Airlines Facebook page, that has over 4 million likes.

But, hunt for “South West Airlines” and you’ll find a opposite page with reduction than 2,000 likes. This feign South West Airlines page looks like a central association page — it has a same cover print and one of a central Southwest logos as a form picture. But it is not dependent with Southwest Airlines.

Scammers do pointed things to get we to revisit and like feign association Facebook pages. One common tactic is to simply supplement a duration (“.”) to a finish of a association name. For many users, a pointed disproportion is tough to detect.

Another pretence used is to somewhat change a association name. For example, a scammer competence emanate a page called “McDonalds” — since a central Facebook page is called “McDonald’s.”

For someone that might not demeanour closely or might not know a accurate spelling of a association name, this is another easy approach for scammers to locate gullible users.

Why Do Scammers Create Fake Facebook Pages?

Fake association Facebook pages typically offer promotions that might be identical to those of legitimate companies. One instance was a feign Facebook page graduation charity 380 giveaway Samsung Galaxy S-4 phones, claiming they could not be sold.

However, a Samsung website and a central Samsung USA Facebook page did not discuss this promotion. In 5 minutes, we found several Facebook pages compelling prizes trimming from giveaway Apple products, to Beats headphones by Dr. Dre, and even conform products.

Scammers fraud to take your personal information. When we pointer adult for one of these promotions, we are stirred to share your name, address, and other personal information. This information can be used by scammers to slice we off. And, this information might also be sole to third parties who use that information for identical reasons.

Generally, feign accounts are usually accessible for a few days. After a few days, if users news a page, Facebook will close down a page. However, in those few days, thousands of people might get held adult in a promotion.

Scammers inspire users to like and share a graduation on their possess Facebook pages in sequence to publicize a graduation to friends and friends of friends.

To strengthen us from feign accounts, Facebook started verifying a flawlessness of Facebook pages run by vast companies. Most vast companies will have a blue check symbol subsequent to a page name, that means that page has been accurate for that company. While not all companies have this corroboration check mark, those that do have been accurate by Facebook.

One thing we can do to strengthen yourself from Facebook scammers is to double-check each graduation we see on Facebook. Usually, if a association is compelling something on Facebook, a central website for that association will discuss a promotion.

Also, be discreet about a pages we like on Facebook and a things your friends share. Be heedful of association Facebook pages with few posts.

And if a graduation sounds too good to be true, it substantially is.

Note: This post and a opinions voiced here are from Russ Warner, Internet reserve consultant and CEO of ContentWatch, makers of parental control program that can retard Facebook, Net Nanny.

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