1. Help! I’m stranded and need money.
Scammers will hack your friends’ accounts and send you a private message saying they’re stranded in a foreign country and need money to get home. Of course you’ll want to help a friend in need, but you could lose a lot of money, if it’s a scam. Scammers using this ploy typically ask for Western Union transfers and convey a strong sense of urgency.
2. I love you. Buy me something?
There isn’t always time to meet someone in person, so you might turn to online dating. The problem is that scammers have done that, too. At first, you’re just messaging. Then, it’s “Facebook official,” and finally they ask for financial help—e.g., buy me a sweater, help me start a business, buy me a plane ticket so I can visit you. Protect your wallet and your heart by watching out for these scams.
3. Looking for a scholarship?
Who wouldn’t want a scholarship? It’s free money. The problem is that it’s not likely you’ll receive a scholarship through Facebook. Scholarships often require that you do the footwork and submit an application. Do some research before submitting any personal information.
4. Share this status, and win a free iPad!
If it’s unlikely that you’ll win a scholarship on Facebook, you’re probably not going to win a free iPad for sharing a status.
5. Win a trip to London!
That’d be cool, but it’s also not likely to be a contest featured on Facebook. Scammers will post contests and sweepstakes to bait you into providing personal information like your account number or card number.
6. Looking for work?
Scammers will post employment offers on Facebook and other social media platforms to bait you for personal information. If you contact the scam artist about the job, they will offer to set up direct deposit for you, requiring you provide them with your account number and other personal information.
7. Watch this video!
We all love to watch videos about cute puppies or weird cats, but sometimes those videos come with a virus. If the video is a scam, clicking on it will allow the virus to invade your account and begin posting videos on your timeline and your friends’ walls. How can you avoid the scams and still get your daily video fix? Many of the illegitimate videos have titles that want to grab your attention but not give anything away. For example: “you won’t believe what creature this woman saw in her bathroom.”
8. “I can’t believe you did that!”
Similar to viral videos, these videos are scams that are sent directly to you. The intention is to make you think that there is a viral video about you. Before you start to worry, see the above description.
9. Who has viewed your profile?
A colloquial term or not, “Facebook stalking” happens. If you’re indulging in checking out other friends’ profiles often, you’ll probably want to know who is looking at your profile, too. Before you download the app that promises to tell you who has viewed your profile, remember that the only ones worth the download are going to be issued from Facebook or other legitimate sources.
10. Dislike buttons and more!
The dislike button would certainly be useful, but it is sadly not an option according to Facebook. At least for now.