On Facebook and Twitter? Beware of the latest social media scams

IT security solutions vendor Trend Micro has recently shared nine social media scams that are impacting the life of users of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.

Facebook Color Changer app

The Facebook Color Changer app, which appeals to users with the feature to personalize their Facebook color, leads users to phishing sites and tricks them to share the app with friends. It uses a tutorial video to trick users to click on an advt. It hijacks users’ profile and spams users’ friends. It even infects mobile devices with malware.

Who Viewed Your Facebook Profile app

This Facebook scam attracts users with messages from friends or advts posted on their walls and invites users to check who viewed their Facebook profiles. Once clicked on, users’ profiles and their social network will be exposed to the scammer.

Facebook Videos with Enticing Titles

Cybercriminals use titles like “Not Safe for Work” or “Outrageous” to lure users to click on videos that redirect them to phishing sites and steal their personal information. This scam can also cause malware infection to users’ devices, such as Rootkits that are hard to clean.

Facebook Fake Naked Videos

Facebook scams of naked videos come in the form of advts or posts with links that take users to sites that host bogus YouTube videos. Such fake sites then prompt users to install an update to fix their “broken” Adobe Flash Player. Once clicked, the fake Flash Player installer will infect the device by installing its malware as a browser plugin. It steals Facebook photos from users and invites friends to watch the same video.

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Instagram InstLike app

Users have installed the InstLike app to boost their Instagram likes and followers. This app takes advantage of the passwords and other information they collect from users to boost their own growth, spreading the infection even further.

Twitter Instant Followers apps

Apps that promise instant Twitter followers usually cause users’ to fall victim to scammers, who leverage user accounts for further spamming and attacks.

Twitter Bait Scam

Some scams send messages like “Just saw this photo of you” to trick users into clicking the malicious links in the messages. The scam can hijack users’ Twitter accounts and send their friends further spam messages, luring them to phishing sites that steal personal information.

Tumblr Dating Game

The Tumblr Dating Game has attracted users to click the links in its messages and make them create dating accounts, which only lead them to ads or adult pages that generate revenue for the scammer.

Pinterest Bogus Pins

Scammers post bogus pins that advertise free giveaways to lure users to false surveys or phishing sites. It also spams their followers to further expand their attack.

Managing such security challenge is important for social media users which are expected to reach 1 billion by year-end in the Asian-Pacific region, almost five times the total in North America.

editor@gizmolead.com

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