Now, we all know what an instrumental role the social media website has played in connecting people, but really, this is a bit much! In fact, according to the very latest reports, it is probably not a feature but a serious glitch in the system, brought on by random, unstable Facebook apps.
The Facebook team has clarified that the automatic friend requests are not a new element to the constantly evolving social platform, but a kink in the system. While spammers and scammers who can sell verified e-mail addresses for anything from 30c to $5 stand much to gain if people’s friend requests expand unchecked and give them access to other people, the average user has much to lose with this strange new Facebook glitch.
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Yesterday, however, I received yet another invitation, from someone who runs art classes I once inquired about. Underneath, Facebook lists three other people who have invited me in the past.
“Dick” also sends you a friend request, which you also ignore and Facebook remembers. “Tom” and “Dick” both happen to have “Liked” a page on Corgis.
Facebook then can throw into the calculation the pages you liked, the friends you accepted, the posts you clicked on, liked, and shared, and even your location and other data you’ve given it. If nothing else, they are privy to millions of relationship connections, interests, and actions to make these inferences.
It’s simply using the social relationships its members provide to make a few well-educated guesses. Unfortunately, to answer your last question, I’m not aware of a way to actually block Facebook ’s emailed invitations, other than to perhaps report them as spam.
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No, not pumpkin spice lattes or offensive Halloween costumes, it's breakout time for Facebook scams. If your Facebook timeline is like many, it's inundated with people clamoring on about not accepting strange Facebookfriendrequests, getting hacked and more.
Over unsubstantiated fears of the Facebook friend request scam, some users are sending long Facebook messages to their friends warning not to accept unsolicited Facebookfriendrequests. “If you got a friend request from me, please ignore it,” a variation of the Facebook scam warning reads.
And no, if you accept a friend request it does not give hackers access to your profile. According to When, an NBC affiliate in Rochester, New York, Facebook says the bogus “scam” friend requests are not serious and are not prevalent.
The company claims fears of the friend request scam are spreading to do fake viral chain letters. “Claiming to be another person on Facebook violates our Community Standards, and we have a dedicated team that's tasked with helping to detect and block these kinds of scams,” a spokesperson told the TV station.
Since the Facebook friend request scam isn't real it obviously means it's not connected to the Facebook security breach of more than 50 million accounts the company announced in September. “This was a serious issue, and we worked fast to protect the security of people's accounts and investigate what happened.
If you’ve been using Facebook for years like most people, you’re probably familiar with the insane amount of notifications that can hit you at once. You’ll see things like upcoming birthdays, events from your groups and a plethora of other random activities from people you know.
Scammers create fake Facebook profiles and send you a friend request to access to your personal data, like contact details, or other personally identifiable information that’s restricted to “friends only” This information would be useful in setting you up for a phishing attack They’ll sometimes spam random friend requests to huge numbers of people before finding a willing victim.
Exes and ex-friends If you unfriend someone who you’d like out of your online circle, they can still find their way back to your Facebook account by creating a fake profile. It might seem tricky to suss out real people from fake ones on Facebook, but there are obvious signs that point to an automated or fraudulent account.
Accounts run by real people with fake information are more difficult to spot, but there are still several red flags that usually give the game away. Everyone is beautiful in their own unique way, but professional modeling headshots are a dead giveaway for a fake profile.
An account with all-male or all-female friends isn’t just unusual, it’s a red flag for a fake profile. This doesn’t apply to catfishes, who tend to dedicate far more time to crafting their fake persona.
Using a mathematical algorithm, they were able to verify with high accuracy that highly-accepting users are much more valuable targets for scammers and creators of fake profiles. In light of the COVID-19 quarantine, cybercriminals and scammers are using Facebook Messenger and fake profiles to trap users with phishing links.
According to an alert by The Better Business Bureau, scammers have started to message users they aren’t friends with about the latest coronavirus treatments and prevention tips, as well as “deals” on masks and PPE. If you click one, you’ll be directed to a scam site that steals your personal data.
Take time to ask yourself the questions above and work to narrow down whether the user is real or fake before clicking “accept.” Social media isn’t a race, and the user with the most friends doesn’t end up winning anything.
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