Beware of these Facebook malware scams

Would you like to find out how many people have visited your Facebook page this week? Or do you want to change that blue colour of your Facebook page?


If so, be very wary of clicking on any related links in your Facebook news feed.

The digital security company BitDefender has compiled a list of the 10 most-common scams on Facebook and given it to The Guardian. The scams are mostly clickbait, and promise services for Facebook.

The fake app that tells you your Facebook views and visitors is by far the most popular scam, accounting for 30.2% of bogus links on the social network this year.

Also popular was the fake Rihanna sex tape, the fake free trip to Disneyland, the fake ability to change your Facebook page colour, the fake app that lets you see how many views your Facebook profile has had, and the fake link to get a free Facebook T-shirt.

Bitdefender says that clicking on any of these links will usually lead people to external websites where they are asked to download and install nefarious programs, which are often viruses or other forms of malware.

“Why do people still want to see who has been taking a peek at their profile, despite all security warnings? I think they believe these are legitimate apps,” BitDefender chief security strategist Catalin Cosoi told The Guardian.

“This is social engineering at its finest – a challenging mental game that pushes the right psychological buttons. The baits have changed over time, with stalkers, peekers, admirers, overly attached girlfriends and exes haunting you, but the reason this scam works is simple: human nature.”

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Stuart is an Australian journalist who has been living in London for the past 11 years, and was formerly the Technology Production Editor for the Guardian newspaper and website. He drinks way too much coffee.

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