With the widespread news that Facebook will soon be launching a new “dislike” feature, some cons have tirelessly made efforts to mislead and swindle Facebook users through malicious scams. This comes amid statement issued by the CEO Mark Zuckerberg who was responding to increased pressure by Facebook fans to introduce this button so that it can suit some awkward posts like sadness and empathy. Just for your information, this is yet to be made official and efforts to introduce the future are still underway.
If you are one of the victims who have fallen prey of this cyber criminals. Facebook would like to extend our sincere apologies. It is indeed our commitment to ensure that these cons are stopped and their brazen acts are exposed. If you are yet to encounter these nuisance folks, well! It is also our obligation to inform you what to watch out for and how these criminals are operating.
Essentially, the scam claims to offer an early Facebook present to users, i.e. according to one of the Hackread reports. Eccentrically, the scam is only an invite system that features some controversial links that only directs you to malevolent websites when clicked. Just like any other con would do, this post gives a time limit in which you should successfully complete filling in the requirements. If the countdown elapses before you have keyed in all the required information, then you are barred from using the “dislike” button. Of course this is absolutely an obtuse idea; why would a legitimate Facebook feature deter some of the users. In fact, if I didn’t know better, I would call these cons cheap, cowards and a bunch of armatures. So, if you successfully fill in the requirements within the stipulated time, you are then required to share the scam to at least five conversational groups on messenger and also to Facebook as a way to spread their wicked ideas and target more and more people.
As you continue to click on more links, you are then redirected to a new page where you are required to complete a number of misguided surveys. These surveys as well asks you to provide some personal information and your account credentials so that they the cons can try to persuade you further through some frequent emails that they send to you. As a matter of facts, this is one of the things that is making them look more convincing and eventually capturing even the skeptical users. In addition, reports have it that some aspects of this scam even have the capability to install malware in your device or computer.
Although it is not yet known how many Facebook users have fallen for this scam, it is highly recommended that you stay alert and watch out for any bizarre activities or claims. In any case, you shouldn’t click on something without giving it a second thought. Indeed it would be an absolute disaster to have a repetition of a similar situation that happened sometimes back in February where some fraudsters used a certain video to redirect users to some kind of goo.gl host which merely distributes malware for several devices.
All in all, it is our hope that the legitimate “dislike” feature will be introduced in the near future as soon as all the procedures are in place. Meanwhile, be vigilant and enjoy the best of Facebook.