Beware of Posts of Jesus and God Being Used by Scammers to Collect Facebook Users' Info.
August 13, 2015
Scammers are creating Facebook posts about Jesus and God, which encourage Facebook users to "like," share, comment on, by typing "Amen" or some other comments to give thanks. But, Facebook users who follow the instructions in the fake posts run the risk of, scammers collecting and using their publicly available Facebook information in scams, or being placed on spamming lists. For almost all Facebook users, it is hard to tell which posts regarding Jesus an God are legitimate or not, which is why scammers prefer to use those posts.
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Here are a few posts that scammers are using to encourage their potential victims to "like," share or comment on:
“if you’re reading this, I pray something great happens to you today. If you agree, by fakth, type amen”
“if you’re PROUD to be a CHILD OF GOD type YES below!”
“If JESUS CARRIED YOU ALL WEEK, I DARE YOU TO TYPE AMEN”
"Jesus - Incoming Call... - Would you pick it up??"
Some scammers may use celebrities like the one below, to encourage their potential victims to “like”, share or comment on their posts.
“GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME, AMEN”
As I have said before, this is only a few of the thousands of posts on Facebook that scammers have used to collect their victims’ information. This collecting of information by scammers is another like-farming, data mining or information-mining scam that we have seen before, which collects Facebook users' publicly available information for scammers and spammers. Once scammers have gotten a hold of the information, they will use it to make their scams more convincing to their potential victims, by referring to them by their names and providing them with information that they think only people that they know, would know. Scammers may also send friend requests to their potential victims, and once the requests are accepted, the scammers will send lottery scam email messages, malicious and phishing links their potential victims. We have seen cases where the scammers cloned a potential victim's Facebook account and send friend requests to the potential victim's friends.
For the spammers, users’ information is like gold. They will continuously send unsolicited messages and emails to their victims. So, Facebook users should be careful of what they like, share and comment on.
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