Have you ever had a Facebook wall post from friends who say that they have received a brand new gadget simply by clicking on to a link, which they havenow posted on your wall? If this is the case, you may be a victim of spam posts on Facebook. It is very urgent that you do something about it to prevent having your profile post this type of post on the Facebook walls of your friends. Also, if your account on Facebook is allegedly doing this already you can do something about it.
Although Facebook has a spam filter system, there are still spammers and scammers that get in. Because of this, the best action against Facebook spam wall posts is to be well informed on how to prevent them, as well as what to do when there are spam wall posts on your wall.
In the event that your friends post on your wall, and you are hesitant about whether or not it really came from them, do not click on their wall posts. For your information, these wall posts are enticing messages that include a link. If they are telling you that they have received something just by going on the said link, or they now know who is checking their Facebook profiles, never click on the links. In the event that you are asked to copy the entire text and paste it on your browser, don’t do it. These scam posts are called ‘malicious script scams’ and ‘clickjacking’, and both are up to no good.
In addition to the scams mentioned above, another method that scammers employ is phishing of login information, where they imitate websites such as Facebook and gather username and password information, using it in malicious and fraudulent transactions.
Inform your friends via Facebook message, text message, or through their email that you have received spam email, which supposedly came from their account. Moreover, let them know that they can keep their account secure through following some steps located on the Facebook Help Center. If the amount of spam posts is excessive, consider unfriending, blocking, or reporting the person whose account is seemingly responsible for the posts. Just let them know why you had to do such thing, in person or through a message. Also, let Facebook know about these scam posts by reporting the spam on Facebook.
On the other hand, if your Facebook account is the one sending out spam posts, head on to the Facebook Help Center and have your account secured.
In order to report a spam post on Facebook, click on the arrow menu located at the top right corner of the post. Subsequently, click on “Report story or spam”.
It is still best to always keep your Facebook account secure. First of all, do not click doubtful links in spite of the fact that they were sent or posted by family or friends. Secondly, do not copy texts and paste it on your internet address bar. Additionally, make sure that your Facebook account password is unique and challenging to guess. Also, do not let other people know of your username or password. If ever there are pages or groups on Facebook that ask for your login information in return for goods on Facebook, do not ever give your login details away.
If an email has been supposedly sent by a Facebook Team member, and they are asking you to update your account, give them your information, or if they are accusing you of abusing the site, do not be swayed. Instead, check if the email sent to you is really from Facebook. You can do this by copying the link and the URL that are found on the bottom part of the message, and paste it on your internet browser. Be certain that the URL starts with ”www.facebook.com”, prior to responding to the message. However, if the email seems suspicious, do not attempt to click or open any links and attachments. If this happens to you, let the Facebook Team know by going to their Facebook Help Center.
Facebook is constantly trying to thwart cybercrimes on their site to make sure that their users will always have a pleasant experience. One major problem that Facebook sees is phishing and using Facebook as a means to swindle other people out of money. Although the crimes have not escalated to disturbing numbers, Facebook still sees it as a major threat to its users and every measure is taken to help users avoid this scenario. In fact, they have contacted the money transfer service company which is most used by swindlers. Moreover, Facebook is working hand in hand with law enforcement agencies to control, identify, and catch the criminals involved.