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17 Dec 2013Virus News
It’s now the norm for people to send Christmas greetings over Facebook and Twitter. As we get ready for the latest round of Christmas-themed status updates, we should also prepare for a barrage of scams on social networks in the coming weeks too, Kaspersky Lab experts have warned.
In the lead up to the festive period, Kaspersky Lab has seen scammers trying to interest Facebook users with pages about PlayStation 4 offers, and deals on new Apple iPhones and iPads. There were even pages about an iPhone 8, which doesn’t actually exist. Although these posts rarely look even slightly official or legitimate, many are falling for them and lending credence to the scam campaigns. One Christmas competition supposedly offering PlayStation 4 consoles had received over 776 entries.
Here are some examples of Facebook scams to avoid this Christmas:
Whilst PC users have long been in great danger of infection, mobile users, who will be messaging like mad over the Christmas period, are increasingly being targeted. Given the number of shiny new phones and tablets on offer this season, from the iPad Air to the updated Google Nexus lineup, cyber criminals will be chomping at the bit to exploit the new batch of mobile users connecting on Facebook and Twitter.
To keep your social profile and your personal data safe over the Christmas period, here are some tips:
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