The Top 5 Facebook Scams to Watch out For

If there were a "Dislike" Button, we would use it on these scams

Internet crime concept. Hacker working on a code on dark digital background with digital interface around.
seksan Mongkhonkhamsao / Getty Images

Scammers love Facebook because it provides them with a place to try out their scams in front of a huge audience. As a result, we must all endure a deluge of spam posts, Scareware, rogue applications bent on stealing our personal data, and every other kind of con and hoax you can think of.

Here are the top 5 most popular types of scams that you should keep an eye out for:

The Dislike Button

For some reason, the big FB doesn't want any negativity on their site. We get new features like the "timeline" and "ticker" thrust upon us every other week, but no dislike button.

Scammers are all about trying to use something that they know everyone wants (the dislike button) to bait people into clicking a link and installing malware on their computer. If Facebook ever does add the dislike button, every major news media market in the world will be all over it, don't worry, you will know about it. Don't believe any claim that installing a special app will add the dislike button.

With the advent of the "How do I feel about this post" option, offering a way to effectively dislike something, this scam will hopefully lose attraction and drop off the list eventually.

My Friend Got a Free iPad and I Can Get One Too

We all love free stuff, and if we think our friend just got a free iPad because they posted that they did on their wall, then who are we not to believe them. We better hurry and go get ours while the getting is good.

Your friend likely installed a bogus app that takes advantage of the "allow friends to post to my wall" feature on Facebook. The app that they installed posted the scam message on their wall and the wall of all their friends making it look as if it was from them. They probably have no idea it even happened.

This scam is easy to verify by checking to see if the same message is posted on the walls of some of your mutual friends.

Check out This Scary/Horribly Tasteless Video

This scam plays on our curiosities. The bait is often usually something outlandish or morbid such as a "Shocking" video. An alarming number of people re-post these scam links before they even verify their content. This helps the scam go viral and spread worldwide in a matter of hours. The more outrageous the topic, the quicker the scam link is likely to spread.

A lot of these scams will require the prospective viewer to complete a survey or load some kind of app prior to being allowed to watch the video. Only after the victim has performed the task do they find out that the whole thing was bogus and there was no video. Meanwhile, the scammer has just made money from the survey results the victim provided and/or for the app they installed. The money is paid out by malware affiliate marketing programs who pay scammers to install malicious software.

Could You Please Wire Me Some Money?

When hackers break into a facebook account they will often try and impersonate the person whose account they compromised and try and bilk money out of their friends. Your close friends may think that you are in trouble and may actually fall for this scam before you can contact them to let them know it's bogus.

Facebook Is Going to Start Charging, Pay Your Fee Here

This scam has many variations but the premise is fairly simple. Scammers tell victims that Facebook is now going to start charging users for their accounts. The scammers tell users that if they don't pay then their account will be deleted.

Some of these scams will even take users to a page where they can "pay their dues." Of course, all they end up paying is the scammers who now have their credit card information.