The Common Facebook Scams You Should Never Click On
It's been a little sad to watch Facebook devolve from being a squeaky clean site full of people you love to a spam-ridden wasteland
Bitdefender, an antivirus firm, just released its annual list of the most popular malware scams on Facebook. You're probably seen-but hopefully not clicked on!
So without further ado, these are the top ten most popular malware scams on Facebook. If you encounter any of them in your News Feed, do not click! Only bad things happen
1. Profile Visitor Stats - 30.20 percent
Everyone's seen an ad promising to tell you how many people are viewing your profile and even who those people are. Well, guess what, Facebook doesn't allow that kind of thing. So don't click those links above. And definitely don't click allow if you a screen like this:
2. Change Profile Color - 7.38 percent
Know something else Facebook doesn't allow? Changing the color of your profile. It doesn't matter how much you love pink. Facebook is blue, and there's nothing you can do about it.
3. Rihanna Sex Tape - 4.76 percent
There are a few different iterations of the fake Rihanna sex tape scam in recent months and years. Rihanna with boyfriend, Rihanna with lesbian lover, Rihanna with Rihanna-they're all fake. Do not click.
4. Free Facebook T-shirt - 4.21 percent
The only person that gets free Facebook T-shirts is Mark Zuckerberg*. Check your privilege. (*Fine, you can probably get a free Facebook T-shirt if you go to a Facebook event or something, but you get the point.)
5. Say Goodbye to Blue Facebook - 2.76 percent
Remember what I said a second ago about Facebook not allowing you to change the color of your profile? Well, even if the wording is slightly different, that fact remains a fact.
6. Unsealed products, free giveaway - 2.41 percent
Here's a general rule: Nothing is free on Facebook.
7. Check if a friend has deleted you - 2.27 percent
First of all, this is a pretty masochistic feature. Second of all, it does not exist. Don't click!
8. See you top ten Facebook stalkers - 1.74 percent
Like all of the other fake Facebook stat programs, this one is also fake. Plus, do you really want to stalk your stalkers?
9. Find out who viewed your profile - 1.55 percent
Noticing a trend? People would love to know who's looking at them, but again, Facebook does not let you do that. And so instead of including a screenshot of the scam-you can use your imagination-I've included an entry from Facebook's FAQ.
10. Just changed my Facebook theme. It's amazing. - 1.50 percent
No, it's not amazing. It's impossible. Unless you're using Photoshop, which is what the person who made the fake mock-ups of the fake themes did. *Drops mic, goes back to reading Twitter.* [Guardian]
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