Facebook is a popular social networking platform where people connect with each other and interact. And where there are humans, there are frauds and scams. These scams, however, aren’t apparent. They are smartly designed to sound possible and appeal to your emotional side. Before you act on these pleas for help, be aware of some of the popular scams.
- Facebook becoming a paid site: Every now and then, there are statuses which claims that Facebook is going to become a paid site, i.e., members will need to pay annual fees to be on Facebook. This is totally untrue. On its homepage, Facebook clearly states that the site “is free, and always will be.” So if you receive any such message stating otherwise, don’t panic.
- Fake news: On Facebook, many times you will find fake news and look credible enough with an accompanying video thumbnail. However, if you click on that video, you will be either asked to share your details or redirected to an app which will spam the timeline of all your friends. Better stay away from these thumbnails.
- Find the people who viewed your profile: Many times, users on Facebook are curious to know who checked out their profile. This scam explores this curiosity of the users to lure them into clicking “Accept” tab of their malicious apps or websites. Please note that Facebook doesn’t allow anyone to view their visitors’ profile and there are no legitimate third-party apps for this.
- Help for the sick: Before clicking on the share button on the statuses with the photo of the ill persons, think twice. Usually, these people are already dead and you don’t do anything but cause further grief to their family and friends. It’s better if you just share the pics of the people whom you know.