CHICAGO, IL- August 29, 2013 – Facebook, with over one billion users, not only is one of the most popular social media platforms, but also offers scammers plenty of opportunities to take advantage of its users. Since the number of Facebook users are increasing, the number of scams are as well. Through Facebook phishing, scammers are acquiring consumers’ usernames, passwords, credit card details and other personal information. These phishing scams occur when users receive phishing links via private inbox, chat messages or Timeline posts. Once the Facebook user clicks on the link, private information is taken by the scammer.
Facebook phishing scams can happen in a variety of different ways, so it can be difficult to recognize them. However, there are several common ones:
“Websites with over one billion users give scammers plenty of opportunities to not only steal users’ information but also to target other users” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Even though Facebook phishing scams can be difficult to recognize, consumers need to be careful with their personal information.”
The BBB offers the following tips to people to recognize and avoid Facebook phishing scams:
For more tips and information about Facebook phishing scams, visit www.bbb.org
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