New viral Facebook scam is tempting users with non-existent Facebook Credits

new facebook scam offers thing doesnt exist anymore goes viral anyway fb credit header

Sometimes it feels like there are more Facebook scams than users, and a new one has already snagged 70,000 victims and counting. According to the Bitdefender Hotforsecurity blog, users are seeing a post advertising 5,000 free Facebook credits if they take part. The message attached reads: “This is how all the professionals do.. They use free software to add free credits to their accounts..So they can win all the time,” with “goo.gl” URL following.

fb credit scam screenshot

The first red flag here is the horribly-written message. The second is that Facebook Credits were killed off in September; they no longer exist as the social network’s form of currency and thus you cannot generate one of them, much less 5,000.

The credit generator Facebook scam is of the likejacking variety, so the speed with which it can take over not only your but your friends’ accounts is alarming (and likely why it’s already claimed 70k Facebook users). By signing up for the free credits, users are really just promoting these scam pages and the faulty Facebook Page attached to them. Scams related to free Facebook Credits have been incredibly popular in the past, though it should get harder for this variety to succeed given how … the currency no longer exists. 

Bitdefender says its Safego app has been busy blocking this thing, so if you don’t trust yourself not to click the tempting offer (is it though?), consider signing up for Safego. Otherwise, keep an eye out and avoid the scam. And remember, there’s no such thing as Facebook Credits anymore, so we should all be smart enough to let these credit-based likejacking scams die out. No Farmville victory (can you win at Farmville? I am unsure …) is worth it. 

Social Media

Kim Kardashian can get a deepfake taken off YouTube. It’s much harder for you

YouTube took down an incredibly realistic — and fake — video purporting to show Kim Kardashian West discussing a shadowy organization called “Spectre” and mocking her fans for violating copyright.
Social Media

Maybe you missed something, so here's how to take another look at that Snap

The people you follow on Snapchat are important to you. If you get frustrated when you're trying to look at a friend's Snap or Story and it disappears, here's how to replay a Snapchat message or post.
Social Media

You can delete Snapchat messages in a snap with these simple tips

If you've ever sent a message to someone and wish you could delete it, Snapchat has a feature you'll like. Yes, it lets you delete messages you've already sent. There are some limitations, though. Here's how to delete Snapchat messages.
News

Brush up on your makeup skills with YouTube’s new augmented reality feature

YouTube will soon let users try on makeup while watching popular makeup tutorials through augmented reality. Viewers will be able to actually try on the makeup products the online tutorials are showcasing and promoting. 
News

Congress already wants to block rollout of Facebook’s cryptocurrency

It only took a few hours after Facebook provided details of its Libra cryptocurrency on Tuesday for lawmakers in Congress to tell the social media giant to pump the breaks. Facebook was asked to stop development until Congress weighs in.
Computing

What is Libra? Here’s what you need to know about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency

Facebook released a white paper announcing its new cryptocurrency, Libra, which it intends as a way to enable more people around the world to process online payments. Here's how the new blockchain technology works.
News

YouTube could make big changes to children’s content amid federal investigation

YouTube is considering major changes to its recommendation algorithm amid an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into how it handles videos aimed at children. The investigation is in its late stages, and is in response to…
News

Facebook’s content moderators break their silence on terrifying work conditions

Content moderators for Facebook are overworked and overstressed to the point of unhealthy results. Last year, a moderator collapsed at his desk while on the clock and died of a heart attack. 
Social Media

Keep up with the latest from your favorite Pinterest accounts with these tips

Your first step as a new Pinterest user is to follow your friends and favorite influencers so your feed is full of awesome, interesting stuff you love. Here's how to follow someone on Pinterest.
Social Media

A new Senate bill would fundamentally change the internet as we know it

A new bill in the U.S. Senate could cause the internet as we know it to cease to exist by holding major tech companies like Facebook or YouTube liable for anything posted on their platforms. 
News

Instagram CEO says the app doesn’t listen to your conversations

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri told CBS News' Gail King in a recent interview that Instagram does not listen to its users, even though you may see ads related to products you were talking about with a friend, but never actually searched for.
Social Media

Brace yourselves. Instagram is getting ready to show you even more ads

Hate Instagram ads? You're not going to like what's coming -- Instagram ads will soon be part of the Explore section too. Instagram says it's a way for users to find new brands to connect with, while advertisers can reach additional users.
Small Business

These apps will take your small business to the next level

There are a few apps you need to keep things running when you're on the go or in the office. Here are our picks for the best apps for small businesses to keep your money in check, promotions on point, and your time accounted for.
Social Media

Deepfake or fake news? Zuckerberg says Facebook might treat them differently

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that his company is considering treating deepfakes differently from traditional fake news and misinformation, which could make it easier for Facebook to delete the altered videos before they spread.