By Michael Williams
Internet users are being warned of two Facebook scams that could leave users’ personal information and money at risk. The scams could also leave computers vulnerable to a virus that will potentially affect their hard drives.
According to Hoax-Slayer.com, one of the scams promises a free iPhone 6. To receive the phone, users are asked to share a post. Once they click on the post, they are asked to both like and share a page. Once the user clicks share, the scam is spread to all the user’s contacts.
The user will then be taken to a different website that will instruct them to fill out a survey to get the iPhone. This will sign the user up for services they never authorized. The survey often requests the user’s mobile phone number for a chance to win extra prizes and offers. When they submit their number, they will be subscribing to a very expensive text-messaging “service” that will charge several dollars every time the user sends a message.
The scammers then sell the user’s name, address and other personal information to third-party marketers who send the user junk mail and phone call solicitations.
The second scam, first reported on HLNTV.com, involves a phony video currently being shared on Facebook titled, “Girl killed by husband just because she kissed another man.”
The video depicts an Asian woman being beheaded with a sword. It appears as though numerous Facebook users have liked and shared the video. If the user clicks on the video, they are directed to a third party website that appears to be Facebook although it isn’t. Users end up downloading a file which contains a malicious virus.
To avoid the two scams, Hoax-slayer.com suggests that users should never complete Facebook surveys claiming to offer free gifts. Users are advised not to share or like any web site in order to view a video and never install updates and plugins made available through videos that have gone viral.