“Social media scams are increasingly popular,” said Terrence Tang, Senior Director of Consumer Business, Asia Pacific, Trend Micro. “They lure users to install third-party apps through social media posts or trick users to click on phishing sites that cause malware infection. Users are advised to be ever vigilant when they surf online. Always check the source of posted links and apps. Change social media passwords regularly. Install an app that offers privacy protection, like Trend Micro Dr. Safety free app, to protect your device and personal information from prying eyes.”
Here are 9 popular social media scams Trend Micro has identified:
1. The Facebook Color Changer app: This app appeals to users with the feature to personalize their Facebook color. But it also leads users to phishing sites and tricks them to share the app with friends. It also uses a tutorial video to trick users to click on an ad. It hijacks users’ profile and spams users’ friends. It even infects mobile devices with malware.
2. Who Viewed Your Facebook Profile app: This Facebook scam lures users with messages from friends or ads posted on their walls and invites users to check who viewed their Facebook profiles. Once clicked on, users’ profiles and their social network will be exposed to the scammer.