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How To Spot A Facebook Scam
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Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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7/5/2014 | 7:56:41 AM
Facebook scams trigger curiosity
Thanks, Kristin. 

Some of these things sometimes may feel they are obvious, especially if you are involved in technology. Yet, at the time of being on Facebook taking a break from whatever you are working on, which is what I do, you simply forget about your inner security alert. Well, unless you see on FB something that it's particularly annoying and, therefore, avoid it, as I mentioned before commenting on your other post.

These scams make you also think of human curiosity. Are humans so curious that they will always fall into these traps?

It's great you bring these reminders to our attention. :)

-Susan
classicalduck
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classicalduck,
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8/1/2013 | 11:58:52 PM
re: How To Spot A Facebook Scam
5. It demands that you forward it to everyone you know.
6. All or parts of it are in ALL CAPS.
7. It contains statistical information without valid citations. If you're going to make the (valid) case that American military service people on duty in Afghanistan are underpaid, don't lie about the pensions of presidents and members of Congress in order to exaggerate the claims.
8. It's a chunk of text which has been rendered into a graphic, and therefore not easily editable. (Yes, anybody who can 'shop can change it, but most of these things try to get you to act without thinking, and believe it or not, 'shopping requires thinking.)
9. It contains spelling and/or grammatical errors.
10. It contains political "revelations" that would be all over the news services ... if they were real. I cheerfully admit that my politics are moderate-to-liberal, but I see various of my friends falling for made-up crap all over the political spectrum, including conservatives, liberals, libertarians, etc.
When I see any of the above, I do my best to make the supreme effort to ignore them. They will cost me more in the time required to read them than even any entertainment value I might get from them.
And anybody, even a good friend, who repeats that vile post which twists the story of a Righteous Gentile who saved Jews from the Holocaust into an excuse for bashing politicians that the anonymous original author doesn't like, gets flamed. YOU DON'T DO THAT AROUND ME AND GET AWAY WITH IT. (Sorry for the all caps!)
Number 6
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7/30/2013 | 8:12:08 PM
re: How To Spot A Facebook Scam
5. A Headline that Draws You In

Watch out for too-tempting-to-resist status updates like "How to Hack a Porsche" and "How To Spot A Facebook Scam" that can lead you to questionable websites. :)
OtherJimDonahue
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7/30/2013 | 6:42:24 PM
re: How To Spot A Facebook Scam
I know an older person who's fallen for more than one online scam--including losing some money from a bank account. Recently, someone seems to have stolen her ID for a Twitter account. I tried to help with the Twitter situation, but hit a brick wall.

It's a crazy world out there.

Jim Donahue
Managing Editor
InformationWeek
Cara Latham
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7/30/2013 | 6:16:16 PM
re: How To Spot A Facebook Scam
Haha! This is a very good point! I will let you know if I succumb to one now that I've made the claim.
David F. Carr
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7/30/2013 | 5:49:10 PM
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I'm always wary of claiming I never fall for these scams, figuring that would one would come along and snag me as soon as I boasted about being immune.
Cara Latham
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7/30/2013 | 4:13:16 PM
re: How To Spot A Facebook Scam
I never understood why people fall for some of these scams. I ignore everything that either seems too good to be true, requires any effort on my part, does not look authentic, or seems malicious (sexual content). And in the Costco case, if I really wanted to get a Costco voucher, I'd have called up the store and asked whether it was legitimate. I am sure they would be able to provide customers with any info on legitimate campaigns.


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