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"Girl killed herself" Facebook scam - be aware before you Share!

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The "Girl killed herself video" bait-and-switch scam on Facebook, now in its fifth year, is back.

Here are three tips to help us stamp these scams out at last.

Be aware before you Share!

Google tightens up Play Store policy, officially bans "off-market" updates...

Google has made a number of changes to its Android Play Store ecosystem recently.

There's now a rudimentary anti-virus provided with the OS, a ban on ad blockers, and, most recently, an official policy on sneaky "off-market" updates...

Apple acts against "bait-and-switch" scammers in the App Store

Apple announced today that the bait-and-switch of software screenshots in the App Store will no longer be allowed.

Once you submit an app, you'll have to stick to your original marketing materlal until the app is updated and re-approved. Good thing.

Walmart gift card survey spam spread via Twitter, with a twist of Geordie Shore

Walmart gift card survey spam spread via Twitter, with a twist of Geordie Shore

Are Walmart and Ikea *really* giving away gift cards via Twitter? And, if so, would they want you to vote for your favourite character from a low-brow reality TV show?

LinkedIn 'does a Facebook' - your name and photo used in ads by default

LinkedIn 'does a Facebook' - your name and photo used in ads by default

As a non-user of LinkedIn, I haven't been tracking changes to the default privacy settings of the service, or the implications of those changes.

Neither, it seems, has most of the rest of the world. Perhaps we should have been.

VIDEO: Free iPhone from Apple? Bait-and-switch scams explained

VIDEO: Free iPhone from Apple? Bait-and-switch scams explained

Let's get one thing clear: online bait-and-switch scams aren't about you. They aren't about the popular brands whose reputation is "borrowed". Bait-and-switch is all about the scammer.

Watch this video and learn why.

Free iPhone from Apple on Twitter? Tell your friends - of course not!

Free iPhone from Apple on Twitter? Tell your friends - of course not!

The topic "free iPhone" is spreading wildly on on Twitter right now, thanks to a massive spam campaign.

I'm sure you'll want to tell your friends - but just exactly what should you tell them?

Aussies fall for "Shop for Free" scam on Facebook – watch out!

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Don't fall for the Target Week SHOP for FREE scam, which is currently proving very popular on Facebook. Thousands of Australians, and even more people elsewhere in the world, already seem to have decided that they "Like" this special offer Read more…