What could be better for social media fans than an active Facebook account? How about a Facebook Gold account?
Let’s get directly to the point: There is no such thing as a Facebook Gold membership.
However that does not stop fraudsters claiming there is. You can even find phony Facebook Gold logo designs and associated art work online.
This fraud has, in fact, been around for several years. It had actually been inactive for a long time but has all of a sudden sprung to life once again.
There are numerous variations of the fraud, which may likewise utilize the title Facebook Platinum.
Usually, the aim is to draw out a “Gold Membership” cost of around $10, and the invitation might come either through an online advertisement or email.
Often, the scams suggest Gold Membership provides greater levels of privacy and security. In other cases, victims are told their existing Facebook account has actually been suspended and they must now request the gold version.
Another variation includes using the phony logo design or artwork with a social media or forum post, to suggest that users can only see the post or picture if they’re gold members. Or it may be used just to include an air of trustworthiness to a dubious post.
Mainly, this is simply a naughty prank, however, in theory, it might be used as a link to fool people into downloading malware.
So, let’s simply restate: There is no such thing as a Facebook Gold or Platinum membership.
New Robocall Data
United States consumers got more than 26 billion robocalls last year and, in spite of efforts to stop or obstruct them, the fraudsters and spammers are still hard at it.
For them, it’s a numbers video game. Let’s state, for example, that a person in 10 thousand call recipients succumb to the trick and lose cash: that’s 2.6 million victims!
Robocalls– automatic recordings either offering to or threatening victims– are the number one source of problems received by the United States Federal Trade Commission FTC).
The Commission has just released a brand-new online section packed with details connecting to the Do Not Call (DNC) computer registry, which is expected to stop lawyers from telephoning authorized numbers.
Although the registry normally doesn’t stop scammers, it does enable customers to look for details on robocalls by state and county.
There’s likewise a list, updated quarterly, showing the most typical telemarketing call complaints. For example, at the time of this writing, the area reveals that financial obligation reduction robocalls are the primary fraud grievance, followed by medical/prescription calls, and after that imposters.
For more information, check out: https://public.tableau.com/profile/federal.trade.commission#!/vizhome/DoNotCallComplaints/Maps
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently stated that phone business should do more to counter the fraudsters by blocking their calls by default.
It’s early days yet, however there’s been little or no impact so far. For now, it’s down to us as consumers to obstruct the calls where we can– and continue to complain to the FCC and FTC about them.
Do not understand how to obstruct them? On your mobile phone it’s rather simple. Simply change on the Do Not Disturb function in settings and then enter the real numbers you desire to let through as “exceptions.” It might not stop spoofed calls, but it must significantly cut the number of others.
Remaining on the mobile phone theme, a brand-new scare just recently appeared, revealing how receiving a basic text can be utilized to give hackers access to your device.
Fortunately, the vulnerability was shown by a Google scientist at a “great” hackers’ conference. She demonstrated how certain texts utilizing Apple’s iMessage customer could be misinterpreted by gadgets.
” These can be developed into the sort of bugs that will perform code and have the ability to eventually be utilized for weaponized things like accessing your information,” Natalie Silvanovich alerted. “So, the worst-case circumstance is that these bugs are used to damage users.”
She said, in July, that Apple had already remedied numerous of the problems but others remained. In general, she included, iMessage is very safe, so hackers would have to browse difficult for bugs before they could be activated.
As these bugs are continuously being repaired, the very best way to protect yourself is to keep your phone and os up to date.
New Scam Podcast
Are you thinking about improving your knowledge of frauds?
The first thing we recommend (naturally) is through routine reading of the weekly Scambusters newsletters. Count on us to bring you information on the current and most typical frauds weekly.
Second, you might be interested in a weekly podcast from AARP, the retired folks organization.
It’s not so much a news report as a series of stories about scams, plus tips on how to avoid them. Start here: https://www.aarp.org/podcasts/the-perfect-scam/ CWP