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The Savvy Online Consumer

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By Andrew Grossman on May 8th, 2011 • 67 comments

Whether we like it or not, Facebook has become a large part of our lives. Even if you don’t have an account, chances are someone somewhere has uploaded a picture of you on Facebook or invited you to an event via Facebook. Due to Facebook’s popularity and the relative openness of its platform and applications – tools for loosely regulated third-party software to hook into your account – Facebook is now a playground for some sneaky scams. Here’s a quick rundown of eleven that we thought you should be aware of:

1. Bin Laden raid video

The biggest news of 2011 arrived when the world heard of Osama bin Laden’s death. While the news spread, scammers took the opportunity to build a new application to trick Facebook users into installing malware onto their computers and spamming their Facebook friends. Facecrooks points out that the application asks you to copy and paste the link into your address bar, something that you should never do (unless you know where the link goes obviously) as it bypasses your browser’s security controls. This and other types of “Whoa, this was on BBC News (or some other major media outlet)” should be ignored or handled with much caution. As a safety measure, mouse over the link to identify the real source of the URL, avoid dodgy-looking URLs and look up the rest on SiteJabber.

2. I can’t believe what I saw…

We all have at least a little fascination with rumors and shocking headlines. Underhanded application developers know this well enough to develop “apps” that reel you in by claims of “never before seen photos of Matthew McConaughey without a shirt on” (come on, you can just Google that) or the recent “RIP Charlie Sheen found dead at his house! See the shocking coverage!” Clicking on anything like that will send you to a page that looks fairly legitimate. A pop-up may appear to ask you to complete a survey which should prove that you’re human (but why would a robot or a dog want to see Charlie Sheen photos?). And subsequent interactions will result in installation of malware onto your computer.

3. See who has viewed your profile!

It comes in all shapes and sizes, but essentially the ruse is the same: to get you to be so curious about who’s supposedly looking at your profile (or who has deleted you), that you click on a “Like” button that sets into motion a chain of events, which is affectionately referred to as “likejacking”. For those users who do fall for the “Check out who’s stalking your Facebook” phishing application, they’ll be asked to complete some surveys, which could very likely ask for personal data that shouldn’t be given out. Simultaneously the same message will appear from them to their friends’ walls to do the same thing to them. All the while, you won’t get to see the identities of your stalkers because there’s no way for apps to get that information. There are no signs that point to this feature’s being added to Facebook anytime soon, so it’s best to warn friends who have that application posted on their walls that their accounts may have been compromised by a bad app. Passwords should be changed, computers should be scanned for malware, and other FB friends should be warned to prevent further damages.

4. Is that really GhostfaceKillah? No! It’s KoobfaceVirus!

As a general rule of thumb, anything that has an air of scandal or mystery to it (other than your friends playing Vaguebook on their profile statuses) should be promptly ignored (as should Vaguebook postings, come to think of it). This includes messages through Facebook that allude to videos of you – “Is that really a video of you?” No, it really isn’t going a video of you. What it will be is a link to a video player or update of “Flash” that you need to download to see the supposed video of you. And instead of installing a player or update, you’ll download Koobface, malware comprised of Trojans and worms, as well as send the same message to all of your Facebook friends. The malware itself is a heck of a problem to get rid of – so delete that message and don’t think twice about it.

5. Help via Western Union!

If you get an urgent instant message from a friend who’s stuck in Tunisia with no money in his pockets and who’s begging you to wire him money ASAP so he can get out of there, think again. It might seem like he’s messaging you right then and there, but if you take the time to ask him specific questions (ask questions a stranger wouldn’t know the answers to), you may find that he isn’t who you thought he was. This is the most classic of scams, and now it’s been taken a step further to the instant messaging front. And while people are more informed of it, with an older group of folks getting online now, you should let your parents and grandparents know what to look out for when social networking.

6. Get a free goat on Farmville!

It just takes one person to click on one of those “I just got free Farmville cash” or “I got myself some free Mafia Wars ammo” applications to send a frenzy of links on the walls to every one of their farm- or ammo-loving Facebook friends. Targeted mainly at naïve youngsters, adults have too been the unknowing victims. The applications will seek permission, and upon getting it, will mine any data you have set up on Facebook and sell it to third parties. And just remember that, if you fall for it, chances are your FB friends will fall for it, and who will trade goods with you after that?

7. Take a quiz to find out your IQ or personality type

If you want to find out your IQ, Facebook is probably not the best place to do it. Or if you want to know more about your personality, ask your best friends for their honest opinions (and be ready to hear it). They’ll surely be more accurate than a Facebook quiz anyway. Quizzes on Facebook which ask for your permission to enter, have you complete some easy questions and then want for you to enter your phone number – are a scam. The next thing you know, unknown charges will show up on your phone bill.

8. I answered a question about you…

We’ve all seen now the posts on walls that claim someone has “answered a question about you” and you have some “new answers to unlock”. What in the world does that even mean? It means that you’ve just allowed an unknown third party into your account to take information. On top of that, if you actually go through and answer questions about other friends, you end up breaching their privacy and causing the message to be posted on their walls. It’s really no wonder people hate Facebook.

9. Join a group or community on FB

Everyone wants to be part of something – whether it be a church group or a book club. This is no different on Facebook. If you receive a Facebook message to opt in to a group that could actually be related to a cause or concern of yours, make sure to check it out first. It could be a marketing strategy to get you on their all their mailing lists, and you’ll spend the next few weeks dodging sales calls and emails, the sources of which you may not realize.

10. Taking the scams off-site to list aggregators

Maybe after you realize your mistake in joining an on-site Facebook group, you decide to take your interests off the Facebook stage. A number of Facebook aggregator sites exist now. These sites aim to bring together like-minded individuals who, when they’re not on Facebook, do Facebook-related things anyway. For example, the millions of folks who would like vote for Justin Bieber to be admitted to the Hall of Fame pronto – before his talent runs out. These sites can also breach your privacy and lead to the same fates we’ve mentioned above.

11. Sexual predators

Sexual predators on social networks sounds like old news, but it still happens. Unfortunately, photos and chatting don’t prove that a person is as they say they are. Sexual predators may initiate interactions from random friend requests (they may explain that they know you through a mutual non-Facebook friend) or from playing a Facebook game or using a Facebook application. Treat a stranger online as you would a stranger in real life – take precautions and don’t give out any personal information.

The Take-away

The lesson at the end of the day is – be careful where you click on Facebook. When you’re face to face with a Facebook connect pop-up, make sure to evaluate the potential cost-benefits. Do you really need that free chicken for your farm? Do you need to see the shocking thing that a teenage girl’s father posted? Can you find an IQ test somewhere safer? Checking reviews on SiteJabber can be a way to help you avoid trouble.

If you’re nervous about something you may have clicked on, check your computer for Malware using anti-virus programs like AVG or Avast, change the password to your Facebook account, delete the applications from your account, and let your friends know to help protect them.

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Comments

67 Responses to “11 Facebook Scams to Watch Out For”
  1. Grant in Oregon says:

    I nearly fell for the Bin Laden one. It’s so hard to tell because it comes from your friends, and God knows my friends post some absurd junk sometimes.

  2. Habibi Matrimonials says:

    It’s just aweful that that type of media is becoming so trashed, just like what happened to Craigslist.org. The site is so full of scammers and spammers that you cannot rely on it anymore. I used to use Craigslist all the time but no more.

  3. Raheem says:

    these scammers from nigeria and ghana
    some smart as hell but some of them
    will always make a slip up as usually
    never send money by western union
    or money gram they will take the money
    and dissapeared with it and never hear
    from them again that’s how they operates.

  4. john carlisle says:

    there be someway to stop these girls from getting on face book i couldn’t tell you how many i have had girlstry to scam me telling me there mums sick or how much they love you and if help them get over here they will take care of you or she needs 50.00 dollars for a visa it makes scared to talk them

    • Jennie says:

      @ John Carlisle: Hey man, don’t feel bad about being “scammed” by the girls & them wanting money; I was on a ‘social’ site called “myYearbook” and had started talking to 2 different guys that had started leaving me messages there…next thing you know we’re talking on my ‘yahoo’ instant messenger…not too long [maybe 3 months worth of chatting] and then the “subject” of money came up. With Guy #1, he was supposedly ‘stranded’ in England and wanted me to have his company deposit money into my checking account so he could pull the money out to get back home [his company sent him to England to work in the 1st place]. I told him I wasn’t comfortable doing that [and I didn't!] and he kept asking me for my “pin#”; so shortly after that he stopped chatting with me on yahoo [no big loss]! And to make it sound more plausible, he even told me that his wife passed away when his son was 9 [the kid is now 15]. Guy # 2 [supposedly a male model] had been sent by his agency to Italy for some big modeling contest [which he says he won] and he was alot quicker to drop the ‘money’ thing on me. I also told him that I wasn’t able to help him. This one, when I’ve exchanged messages with him on yahoo, doesn’t sound like he’s got too much smarts going for him, sounds like a country hick when he types his msgs. Neither of these guys could even form a sentence that made sense when they would chat online with me. Both had even asked for my phone # which I told them no. Both guys had declared “undying” love for me [yeah right, they never met me!] and Guy #2 is even on Facebook too! Most of the guys that I’ve come across on the ‘myYearbook’ site are looking for either a ‘sexual’ relationship or someone to help them raise their kid! John, as long as you didn’t fall for the girls’ stories, then you’re the wiser! Just beware and be careful!!

      • john carlisle says:

        no i din’t fall for any of the scams but it got so bad i had to block several on my messenger i evan had 1 scam like yours she wanted me to open a bisness bank account for her bisness partners that deals with gold and gems and wanted me to be a partner needless to say i saw threw that

    • Cheryl says:

      Dude, what makes you think they are actually girls? They could very well be unscrupulous GUYS with a photo they picked off of the internet!
      (Personally, I’m so tired of the tricksters from Nigeria…)

    • Lynne says:

      LOL…stop trying to talk to them & join a reputable date site & still screen & follow their rules.

  5. Marty says:

    I was pretty naffed off that I fell for the “see your self as an old man” one. What possesed me to let my guard down and enter java script into my browser, I’ll never know. This is a good idea as an article to warn people.

  6. Alex says:

    I fell for the (I answered a question about you) scam. Now I get constant facebook spam from them. Facebook is becoming just garbage and I predict will be like craigslist years from now where it is just pure spam.

    I wish apple would just make a really clean social network that is spam free on their devices.

  7. joe miller says:

    I have found sitejabber to be a very reputable site.Nice to know there is somewhere out there you can turn to check out a possible shady website..Joe Miller

  8. john carlisle says:

    apparently while half of the country starves and lives in mud and grass houses these people have electricity and computers apparently alot of people are falling for thiere scam

  9. Chris Cheung says:

    I feel sad for anyone who falls for those kinds of scams. I have never ever been scammed, and the first tiem I saw those stupid fake advertisements that are scams, I knew they were scams already. I’m the 999999th visitor to the website? Very funny, like I would be the exact visitor, and I’m supposed to win a prize because I visited a website. Yeah right… same with the other facebook scams, I really don’t need a free chicken, cow, goat, whatever, for my farmville. I don’t care if you answered a question about me, I won’t bother to answer questions. Also, scam advertisements don’t really work, since they are advertisements and not part of facebook itself anyway.

  10. Jan says:

    Fortune Cookie is a scam! Looks like it is from a specific friend…”Mary sent you fortune cookie” then asks permission to allow access in order to open it! Don’t fall for it.

  11. Jennie says:

    This is the first time I’ve ever read anything from “Sitejabber” and have to admit, the 11 scams they’ve mentioned have appeared many times on Facebook. After reading this, I’ll be going into my account and deleting all these apps that people have sent me. I have seen ‘Fortune Cookie’ appear on some of the profile pages of people on my contact list [my own daughter's page for one]. I don’t play any of the “ville” games [Farmville, Cityville, etc.] I only play ‘Bejeweled Blitz’. Although my son plays one of these “ville” games. I will definately be passing this one to some of my friends. One of my FB friends is the first one to bring attention to the “Osama Bin Laden” scam. Thanks ‘Sitejabber’ for posting this!

  12. Missy Malone says:

    Why is it that most people trying to ruin facebook, ebay, etc are Africans mostly from Nigeria? What is wrong with these people? Clearly they think we are as stupid as they are. It is the older members of the net that get stung. My mum and dad, both in their 60s, get mails all the time from criminal Africans / spoof western union and spoof the bank of America! If I hadn’t have already told them about the scams going around they may have been sucked in and robbed. Why do people intentionally invade people’s security systems ? It is cruel and nasty- the same ‘type’ of poeple who would surely claim to be ‘religious’.

    If you are Nigerian and you are into scamming – you are scum and the filth that brought u into the world are nowt but scum too.

  13. nick says:

    almost scammed because of the ‘see who has viewed your profile’ page. until i saw the javascript which you supposed to copy-paste.

  14. Dave Dugdale says:

    I am so glad that you liked my Flickr photo so much that you included it on this page. I enjoy when people use my photos, but as I noted on Flickr below each photo I let people use my photos on the condition that they provide me credit to my learningdslrvideo.com site. Please add my link when you can. Thanks, Dave

  15. MINISTER ROBBIE says:

    I’m so glad that u are looking out for us;Their are soo many crooks out there; Please keep up the good work and alert everyone:))))

  16. titenwetfashaww says:

    I never answer any of those messages. When I get messages in my email, of a head line that says “CHECK THIS OUT” I never click it. and also I never click on the bin laden, or work at home ads. If I want to know about Osama, I’ll read the paper,the news, or hit you tube. and as far as the scammers goes, never give no one your information, no matter how much they beg and plea with you. “TOO FUNNY LISTEN TO THIS ONE” That also happened to me one time, the guy said he needed money to get back to New York, and I said to him, I needed money to get where he was (LOL)never heard from him again,lol. just be careful yall, and watch ur emails. If you get an email that says “CHECK THIS OUT” DON’T CLICK IT, though you made not know, but if you click it, pow, they have all your hardware information. so please be careful…

  17. Thanks for this information on scams. I’m sending it to all mya face book friends.

  18. This is great that you’re warning everyone. I didn’t want to see how he was caught or to see how a person died. I didn’t want to celebrate a death. That would make me just like him. I’m grateful that he will not be able to hurt anyone now.

  19. chris trent says:

    Shocking! A few of my mates have got caught by the whole :see whos viewing your profile” scam, lord only knows what they gonna do with the information they steal with these things.

  20. Peter says:

    I would like to bring to your subscriber’s notice a criminal scam posing as part of Microsoft Essential Securities software. I installed the latter fairly recently and found it appeared to performed well as anti-virus shield in the background – then about 1.00am as I was about to close my computer a couple of nights ago all hell suddenly broke lose. First a Microsoft anti-virus warning popped up informing me my computer was under attack by viruses and trojans (eventually 38 in all) followed by a link to `MS Removal Tool’ -the name giving the impression it was another Microsoft product- which if down-loaded would immediately remove them. Suspecting a scam I tried to manoeuvre away from the page but found all controls had ceased to respond – it seemed I was only left with with the possibility of rebooting and trying F8 to apply Safe-Mode and System Restore but following a reboot again nothing responded and I was once again returned to the MS Removal Tool down-load demand. Since my computer was absolutely petrified to gain release I was therefore obliged to purchase and down-load their product: this they offered at $59.00 annual subscription or a special one off immediate cost of $19.90. Using my credit card details I agreed to pay the $19.90 and instantly following the download of their insignia on to my desktop my controls returned and I was assured my computer was cleaned – a following search of the internet cast doubt on the the virus invasion ever actually happening. For some inexplicable reason during the brief period this was taking place my Microsoft anti-virus system disappeared completely from the computer.

    I carried out an instant `System Restore’ followed by a full scan – having first removed all trace of the MS Trojan from my computer – ensuring my computer was completely clean. I then phoned my credit card Company who confirmed they had received a demand for payment although not the agreed $19.99 but a much larger sum of $99.90. We arranged immediately to scrap and replace the card.
    My following check on the internet showed this trojan to be a comparatively recent creation devised to rob its victims -and had already caught out quite a number- it strikes suddenly and seems able to by-pass some anti-virus systems, in this case posing as part of Microsoft’s Essential Security anti-virus software, by employing subterfuge.
    I would be interested to hear from others unfortunately experiencing this trojan -because it happened a couple of nights ago and no acknowledgement of payment was provided to my computer I haven’t to hand the website address of this criminal enterprise- if they’ve found an effective method of protection.

    • COLLEN says:

      THIS HAPPENED TO ME RECENTLY. TROJANS. I HAD BEEN SURFING INDIA FOR DRAPES AND LO AND BEHOLD. SO IT TOLD ME TO RUN. SO THEN I IMMEDIATELY NOTICED AFTER HITTING ON RUN THAT IT WAS DOWNLOADING A LOT OF INFORMATION. SO I TURNED MY COMPUTER OFF BY HITTING JUST THE ONE BUTTON, NOT GOING TO START MENU. IMMEDIATELY TURNED COMPUTER AND RAN MY SECURITY AND THERE WERE NOT ANY TROJANS ET AL. FASCINATING AS COMES IN AS THE REAL THING. EVERYONE IS GOING TO GET SNAGGED ON THIS ONE. HAS TO BE BROUGHT TO FRONT PAGE IMMEDIATELY.

  21. Bradley says:

    i falled for the Hey friends get 300,00 zombie lane coins for f r e e hurry up before the giveaway is over i rated zombie lane 5 stars and there whent that girl saying the same free zombie lane coins and i thought the “giveaway” is over it was on the very first comment on the zombie lane first rating and when you click on it its the same as you said it says to get free zombie lane coins you have to take a 30 second quiz to prove your a human? WTF why would a dog or robot like you said want free zombie lane coins i falled for it one time beacause it says the logo Digital chocolate dont fall for free zombie lane coins if you play zombie lane!

  22. Elvira says:

    Well this isn’t really a scam that facebook does or is on facebook, but involving it. People are phishing. Sending you emails that look like facebook in order to steal your log in info.

  23. tyrone says:

    yes most of these scammer are from overseas, and they try to prey on older people, who are not up on scams these you girls send pictures, they are young enough to be your kids i think it’s a man using photo’s of girls that are not even their they play like there in love with you and they love god and then when they think they got you they tell start telling you they got prolems over seas but first they say they live here in the states thats how they fool you then they say send me a calling card so i can hear your voice baby but they don’t want the card they want you to send them money so they can get the card and they need a lot so they can get a lot of minutes now you get it so beware of these scammer, hey it’s my birthday can you wire me something honey i’m overseas in africa now do you get it beware

  24. Matt says:

    I download a tool bar bay zynga poker not long after my chips whent missing and I started to get emails saying you have won a iPod shuffle just send us £1 and ask my for my bank account number so I did not give them. I sent some emails to zynga and they said it was me so when I look in to it was them but they not doing nothing about it so I told them am going public with this and ten mins late I get a email of them say they restore all my chip and look in to it but am don’t won’t them now. as any one had this ?

  25. {A good says:

    In stricter territories like the California State, individuals can have problems in getting another person’s criminal heritage data. In truth, criminal history record details is firmly regulated by CA regulation. These files are confidential and only accepted functions may possibly obtain document test benefits these kinds of as for regulation enforcement makes use of, certain employment purposes and for individual file assessment (report owner). If you are licensed by legislation to obtain a duplicate of a track record check report, then you could ask for it from the CA Dept. of Justice.

  26. Wonderful says:

    Not so negative. Fascinating issues right here

  27. Dustin says:

    As sad as this stuff is, it’s entirely true.

    It’s also hard not to be gullible to this sort of stuff, especially when your friends “shared” it.

    I also feel bad for the older folks who use Facebook to connect with distant family and what have you, and don’t really have any idea, thus becoming a part of these scams.

    Never add someone you don’t know or don’t have a good number of mutual friends with.

    Never, ever, click shared links, UNLESS you know it will be safe. Because if one of your friends have the virus from one of their friends…etc..etc. it just keeps going. That’s how these things are spread.

    Good luck!

  28. carl m says:

    What’s the matter with people these days,don’t they have any real friends.Chances are your going to get in trouble,eventually by receiving trojans/viruses,or some idiot trying to con you-I clicked on share with your friends & all got is a messed up e-mail account & all my contacts & myself got spammed to death (pissed off a few friends),someone in the Philippines compromised my live account,sent junk to everyone including myself(funny thing is it looked like it was sent to me by me) they shut me down & had to reset everything & change all my passwords,can no longer use my profile (people at Microsoft are not very helpful,3rd time I’ve asked for help,all I get, is a link to my original e-mail I sent them,no info on how to correct it,WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT’S WRONG (I don’t care anyway,if someone wants to know me,JUST ASK,& why would you anyway,I’m just an ordinary person),so I can repair it)The only reason I went Face Book was for a Radio Shack contest to win a tv & I thought I was sharing the contest with them(BIG MISTAKE)Best solution is to stay away from all social GOSSIP sites,create your own,with your inner circle,why share personal pictures/info with strangers anyway–e-mail your friends directly,as of looking for old friends(if they really were,411,look them up,& call them or ask other friends if they’ve contacted them in the past,& as for dates,it’s for losers,if you can’t get a date or make friends in person,there’s something wrong with you,you don’t get more handsome/prettier on line.You are what you are everywhere.Chances are if you lost contact with someone from your past,they weren’t that great of a friend anyway & probably don’t give any thoughts about you anyway & they’ve probably changed so much,it’s not what you remember them as,or want to be associated with them now,& as for lost loves(sloppy seconds (1 too many for me))they tried someone else and want try you again,yeah right.It’s Just my opinion,I would never go out with someone that dumped me for someone else or didn’t work out then-why would work out now,? amount of kids later (you must be desperate),your just asking for the same heartbreak to repeat itself again–And for all the dirty old men(overweight & balding),young 20 year old girls/woman gross out on older men,unless your super rich,& they most likely going to take for $ ride,ever noticed the little cutie at her place of work is so nice to you & you see them elsewhere,& they’re not the same nice person–people need to wake up.FACECRAPBOOK/MYSPACE & other social sites are designed for the bored with life people looking for a change—-all you get is an invasion of your privacy-why would you want me to check you out I could be a psycho.I get e-mails every day saying, I like your profile (don’t have one its BLOCKED,& I like your picture (it’s a passed out happy face with tongue sticking out & + for eyes)by the way every day I get at least 10 e-mails,that I’ve won/inherited millions & millions from places & peopl I’ve never contacted/met/went or viagra(my stick functions fine) got to be a scammer &/or hookers(would never touch a hooker,I like my disease free body,I never reply–need friends you have a better chance here,at least most of them are honest & tell it like it is,& you can meet people everywhere,if they like you,they’ll call/contact you.You don’t need FACEBOOK,get with it & get out there & mingle,if it’s meant to be it will happen,sure looks are great but personality/kindness/honesty is better,if you get it all,your a lucky one-Everything in this blog I’m commenting on is true,It happened the first and only time I did the FACEBOOK thing ,some aren’t so lucky-they loose a lot(I only got a messed up e-mail account,lucky me)& it’s hard to redo all the stuff,compromised……90% of the people can’t be wrong even at 60%,makes you think,and the few positive reviews on a negative site,they more than likely work there or real lucky it hasn’t happened to them YET!—–I love sitejabber,when I’m bored,I read these kind of blogs for hours & hours,an enormous amount of relevant information,I could comment on most of them——THANK YOU VERY MUCH EVERYBODY

  29. carl m says:

    And as for sending $$ to a so called friend you don’t remember,stuck in an other country,with no $$ to get back home(are you that gullible) ,don’t they have family(even if it’s for real,If your family can’t/want to help them,is because it’s not true or they scammed them too in the past),don’t/didn’t have a return ticket,ask them for their bank account # & you’ll send them their own $$,or you’ll contact their family for them—-anyway if it’s a real friend(some do make $$ mistakes–overspend/gamble),they’ll call you(even collect)nothing like their own voice,don’t be a sucker,99% of travelers have return tickets to get back home or a back up plan-If it was me stuck somewhere my parents wouldn’t let me forget it(I’d never hear the end of it,& they wouldn’t do it twice)& why would you even send a stranger a calling card-why would you want to pay for a stranger to talk to you,If they can’t afford just talk,how are they going to ever visit you—THE TRAVEL FAIRY?-if you do that,I’ll take one too,I’ll even only use it to call you(just kidding about the card,I have a great long distance package)THIS IS MY LAST FACEBOOK & other social sites,review/comment/reply,these sites piss me off that much,I could leave 1 on every ones review/comments I read- & if you FACEBOOK,BEWARE!,your looking to get scammed,eventually you’ll be the next VICTIM,don’t be a sucker,don’t give anyone your phone #& other #s & personal info.,if they want to be friends,it’don’t have to cost you any $$,I prefer meeting real people & you see who they really are,not some picture of who knows who-& of an I-Q quiz,just goes to show you that you already have a very low I-Q if you take it,& personality quiz,if you need a machine/stranger to judge you,you don’t have one-good luck

  30. Brian says:

    Right now I someone named Jade Parker is trying to scam me on FB. Anybody have any bad experiences with her?

  31. kennith says:

    how about money friends is it a malware and why did you classified as malware pls reply to my email ad

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  35. ATG says:

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention the ones I see most often– the “please repost” ones. Even if it makes sense, or is useful information, or is a sweet story, or a loving sentiment, you don’t need to post what someone else wrote, just paraphrase it on your own. Plus, why would you write something like how much you love your daughter, and end it by saying, “repost if you love your daughter,” followed still by “I don’t know how cruel you have to be to not repost this.” or something to that effect… I think I better go do some damage assessment… I have been known to share videos or pictures. I’m such a dummy on one hand and super careful on the other. I have a good mind to delete my fb page. I’m also not happy with Google forcing everyone whom they trapped with youtube accounts and gmail to be broadcast everywhere as well. It just doesn’t seem to pay to be online anymore, but you are a freak if you aren’t these days.

  36. Connie Kuda says:

    Beware of a man named Allen David or Alan Davide via Facebook. Poses as a man that is stuck in Nigeria doing road construction and trying to come back home to the USA. States his hometown is Lexington, KY. Was in a serious auto accident on Oct. 1, 2013 and now needs money to get home. Begs “Please Help”! SCAMMER!!! Ask you to join him on Yahoo Messenger to chat.

  37. Kerry says:

    Hi unfortunately I fell for someone on one of these sights I
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    But he was good! got photos of me,my kids he lived in uk so
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    accusations at him he knew I had nothing to give him????
    what do I do I don’t even know if it was a scam???

  38. grace says:

    Hi kerry, i think i have the same story as you. I fell for someone on one these sight too. I dont know weather it was a scam. He was good, he lived in scotland. He said and went to malaysia for his late fathers contract , he also sent the invitation from the malaysian government, but he had trouble with the tax . And asking me to borrow some money. I dont know what to do…i dont even know if it was a scam.

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