Facebook “dislike” scam

Even loyal Facebook fans usually have a few issues with Facebook. Now there’s something else to “dislike” on Facebook. There’s a malware scam circulating that suckers Facebook users by leading them to believe that they are downloading a “dislike” button.

Facebook recently introduced the “like” feature where Facebook users can give a thumbs up to a post or even comments about a post.

John is back from Iraq. Of course all of his friends “like” this.

Kim delivered healthy twins after a difficult pregnancy. A round of thumbs up please. No doubt everyone will like “like” to hear this.

You can even “like” a local county fair, a green retail store or your pediatric dentist.

Using the “like” button is a popular tool on Facebook and it has proven to be a successful way to promote worthy content or good news.

On the other hand, some people have voiced a desire for a “dislike” button. Maybe you’d like to “dislike” your friend’s bad review of your favorite song or “dislike” a friend’s defense of out of hand little league coach. Maybe you’d like to “dislike,” oh I don’t know, a company responsible for an oil spill.

How does the Facebook dislike button scam work?
Facebook users will get a message that says that a friend has downloaded “the official DISLIKE button. This is followed by a link so you too can have a dislike button. If you accept the app, you basically give this fake Facebook application the ability to access your profile, update your status and post spam messages from your Facebook account.

The malware will now send the message that reeled you in to everyone in your Facebook contacts.
A new twist on this Facebook scam is that you are asked to complete an online survey, which reportedly makes money for the hackers.

No one has ever actually been able to download the “official DISLIKE button” but so far the scam doesn’t appear to harm computers. What it does harm is the trust that a message from a Facebook friend is really a message from a Facebook friend.

How can Facebook fans avoid Facebook scams?
Some scam messages that appear to be from Facebook are such obvious fakes and most people know to avoid them. One of our readers once received a Facebook message from her father in law saying that he really liked the naked photos of her, accompanied by a link where she too could view them. This reader didn’t take the bait, knowing the photos didn’t exist and that her father in law would not have sent this message.
Other Facebook scams are so easy to spot but there are some tell tale signs to watch out for.

* If a post seems uncharacteristic for a Facebook friend, before you wonder what’s up with them, confirm it really is them via another way. Be suspicious of enticing entries like “OMG…” followed something sensational. For some of your friends this may be the norm but use common sense if it isn’t.

* Check out the “via” status under a post and make sure that it makes sense. Most post will read “via Facebook.” On the other hand, an update on Mafia Wars status will say “via Mafia Wars Game.” If the “via” status is different be suspicious and ask yourself if this message would warrant their own application. The dislike button scam tags the source as “the official dislike button.”

Have you been a victim of a Facebook scam? What do you like or dislike about Facebook?


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