facebook-dislike-button1The “like” button with the infamous thumbs up symbol has been a very popular app on Facebook. It’s a great way to promote content and an easy way to chime in on Facebook friend’s post.

For every positive feature added to Facebook and other popular online sights, it seems that hackers find a way to throw in a new monkey wrench. Interaction on Facebook is so easy that Facebook has also become a seemingly easy target for scams too.

The latest Facebook scam is the Facebook “dislike” button scam. There was certainly some request for a “dislike” button, an alter ego to the like button, to easily disagree or thumbs down a Facebook post.

If your friend just a bought a new hybrid car you may really “like” it. On the other hand if your friend is now dating your husband a “dislike” button might offer some minimal therapy.

How the Facebook dislike scam works:

Facebook users get a message saying a friend has downloaded “the official DISLIKE button.”

This of course is followed by a link where you can (supposedly) get a dislike button too.

If you click the link and accept the dislike app, you then give this pseudo Facebook application access your profile and the ability to update your status as well as post spam messages from your account.

And the beat goes on… Now the malware post the same message that got you to all of your Facebook friends.

Examples of the viral post include:

“I just got the Dislike button, so I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!”

“Get the official Dislike button NOW!”

In addition, this latest Facebook scam has a twist. You’ll be asked to complete an online survey, which reportedly earns a profit for the scammers.

Tips for avoiding Facebook scams:

Use common sense.

Did you have to download a “like” button? We didn’t. So that should be one clue.

Other ways to detect scams are to consider “unusual” post from friends as suspicious unless otherwise verified.

Another clue is to check the words following “via.” Is it from Facebook? The dislike button scam was tagged as being “via the official dislike button.”

Will there be a truly official dislike button on Facebook?

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told ABC’s Diane Sawyer that the “dislike” button is “something that we would definitely think about.”

Some people dislike not having a dislike button on Facebook but far more dislike falling for another scam on Facebook.

Lisa Carey is a contributing author for Identity Theft Secrets: prevention and protection. You can get tips on Identity theft protection, software, and monitoring your credit as well as learn more about the secrets used by identity thieves at the Identity Theft Secrets blog.

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