Protect Yourself From Facebook Scams

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Each day, Facebook users click the “Like” button about 3.2 billion times.  And cybercrooks love that. Increasingly, they’re using the upward thumb as bait in some of the most common scams on the huge social network.

These include postings by false friends who seek money by claiming they’re stranded overseas, bogus account verification notices and cancellation warnings supposedly coming from Facebook (just like phony notices from your bank).

By Sid Kirchheimer, for AARP

Protect yourself from scams on Facebook - Facebook Like Button on an iPhone4

“There are two goals in most social media scams: to spread quickly and to make money,” says Gerry Egan of Norton online security products, who recently conducted a study of Facebook scams. With those billions of clicks per day, Like buttons help achieve that prompt and widespread propagation, particularly as Facebook users get wise to traditional social media scams.

In reviewing the current top Facebook scams, Norton experts detected 8.5 million attacks against customers using its software…

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