How to protect yourself from Facebook scams


One is real and could mean money in your pocket, and the other is a scam and could cost you.

Both are messages from Facebook.

Social Media experts and the Better Business Bureau are warning of new "phishing" scams that target Facebook users. At the same time, a legitimate email is circulating about a class action lawsuit that is awarding some Facebook users ten dollars.

How do you tell the difference?

"Facebook, or any other social network you're on...will never ask you for any personal information," advises Steven Shattuck, community manager for Slingshot SEO, a web consulting company based in Indianapolis. "In most cases they already have it, so...delete those messages," says Shattuck

One phishing scam comes from someone you know. When you open the email it usually just includes a link to a website. Click on it and you could be downloading malware to your computer.

The BBB suggests reviewing your privacy settings on social accounts like Facebook by following some instructions the socials networking site has provided.

Users may also have received a message that looks like it's from Facebook telling them they are in violation of their terms of service and asks for a password.

Shattuck warns it's always best to check it out before you act. "Be careful," Shattuck says. "Don't believe everything you read and receive. Try to verify it with the actual source."

The social media expert did verify for Eyewitness News that an email informing some Facebook users of a class action lawsuit is indeed legitimate.

"There is a real class action lawsuit happening right now where Facebook is being sued for using photos that upset people," says Shattuck. "Anyone compromised can join the lawsuit to win an award of ten dollars compensation."