Currently there’s lots of hype surrounding the next-generation of gaming consoles from Sony and Microsoft, therefore it’s not surprising to see that thousands of avid gamers have fallen for a basic scam which is earning it’s creators thousands of likes on their Facebook pages.
Today whilst on Facebook I have seen an image being shared which lead to different Facebook pages, one shows what’s a pretty shoddy PS4 concept asking people to share the “official” picture and like the page for a chance to be an early tester of the PS4 and get to keep the console afterwards. Scroll down for a little more info.
The Fake PlayStation Network Facebook Page
Below you can see the image which his has been all over Facebook today, it is accompanied by big bold text reading “We need testers!”
It then reads: “Sony needs testers for the new PlayStation 4. You will get to keep the new PS4 after you’ve tested it….. If you want to be a tester for the new PS4 just share the official picture and like our and sony will choose people at random. ~ Sony.
At the time of this post thousands of people have shared the image, hundreds have commented and around 500 people have “Liked” the page it promotes, sneakily it’s called “Playstation Network,” notice the comma on the end, that’s not our typo. For obvious reasons, we’re not going to link you to the page, it’s someone pretending to be Sony, they’ve even used the official PlayStation logo. The biggest giveaway for us is that in the image the controller does not resemble the one which Sony revealed to the world last month.
Please unlike this page as we’re sure dodgy content will be shared which could perhaps lead to fraud, viruses or disappointment.
Please leave us a comment below if you’ve seen these on Facebook today! We hope both pages get taken down. Why not share this post on Facebook so your friends don’t fall for it!
FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, $6.99 PER MONTH FOR SILVER MEMBER SERVICES, $3.99 PER MONTH FOR BRONZE MEMBER SERVICES, FREE IF YOU COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WHEN YOU SIGN ON TOMORROW MORNING YOU WILL BE PROMPTED FOR PAYMENT INFO…IT IS OFFICIAL IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NOT PAY
Funny thing is that a status similar to this was circulating last year. In advertising, Facebook draws revenue…more than enough to sustain itself.
“This second hoax is also spreading like wildfire on Facebook. Many scams have claimed Facebook will ask you to pay in one form or another, but they’re all bogus. The company even tries to remind its users on the website’s main login page (if you’re logged in, you’ll have to log out to see it): “It’s free and always will be.”
Facebook makes a lot of money from the ads viewed and clicked by its 800 million active users. In fact, the social networking giant is expected to make $4.27 billion in revenue this year, 89 percent of which will come from advertising.
As a general word of caution, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Also, don’t blindly copy and paste warnings just because your Facebook friend’s status tells you to do so. Although you probably mean well, you could be helping a hoax become more popular on the social network.”
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It is a 99.9% chance that this is spam. Protecting your account in the following steps usually prevents some things.
Under Account, you can enable the HTTPS option on your browsing experience with Facebook. The catch: It does not work when playing the games or other applications on FaceBook.
A lot of the spam comes through FaceBook chat. Allowing users to only send messages will avoid some of the spam. Though making yourself unavailable for chat takes away from networking, it does keep your message.
Don’t Click on Any Links
Usually some of the spam links are http://goo.gl/ or http://bit.ly or some short-hand URL. Unless you can verify that the user just sent it to you, then do not click on it. Legit sites sometime shorten their links using these free services, so it is a hit-or-miss.
Verify Your Friends
Definitely check the profiles of people that want to be a friend. Typically spam or bots have little to no mutual friends, or have pictures of themselves tagged with hundreds of people….or even shoes. Also, if you do see yourself tagged in these items, immediately remove the tag
Disable your Wall
Disabling the wall under Privacy will do a lot to maintain professionalism and cleanliness of your account. It stops a lot of spam as well.
If you have tips, definitely leave them in the comments!!
If you follow me on Twitter (which you should by the way, because of its random awesomeness) or check my Facebook (which you should also because it is on another level of its own), you would know about this little jewel I have been working on.
It is a mere continuation of The Paper Trail called The Loose Ends. This one was inspired by Yo Gotti, using a lot of the beats of his best tracks.
Intro – inspired by Cocaine Muzik 2’s Intro
Full Time Snappin – inspired by Full Time
With The Mic – inspired by Standing in the Kitchen
My Passion – inspired by Shoot off
Loose Ends – inspired by Shoot off
Eff Them Haters – inspired by I Got Em
Call Me Los – inspired by That’s What’s Up
You Screwed – inspired by 5 Star Chick
Paper Trail (Outro)