There are many Facebook scams that continue to make the rounds, and the
"survey scam" is one of them. Here's how it works: Scammers hook you by
getting you to click on a link to something they think you'll want.
Typical ruses include celebrity gossip ("Have you seen what Justin Bieber
did now -- OMG!"), offers for free items ("Win a FREE iPad!"), or
nonexistent Facebook features ("See who's looking for you on Facebook!").
When you click the link, you're taken to a page requesting that you Like
it and write a comment. This way, your Facebook friends will see it, too.
Then you're asked to perform various other tasks, such as downloading
Facebook applications or completing a survey (hence the name of the
scam), which could ask for personal information. It may come as no
surprise that what you don't get is access to the promised article, free
item, or names of people who have looked you up on Facebook.
If you accidentally provided personal information, it might be used by
scammers for various nefarious schemes. Be sure to check your financial
accounts (and utilities like your phone bill) carefully. If you
downloaded an application, it could be infected with a virus. Run a virus
scan and observe your computer over the next few days for any hints of
If you've fallen prey to this type of scam, take the following
precautions as well:
1. Remove any posts in your Facebook newsfeed related to the scam.
2. Remove errant applications from your Facebook account.
3. Change your Facebook password.
4. Notify your Facebook friends of the scam.
Of course, the best prevention is avoiding the scam altogether. If you're
tempted to click a link with an offer that sounds too good to be true,
remember that it probably is, and don't click! (If you really need to
find out what's happening with Justin Bieber, there are plenty of other
websites for that.) Never give personal information to random sources.
Finally, never download files to your computer if you're not sure what
they are or who they're from.
Outsmart the scammers, and stay safe on Facebook!
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