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Dislike being Scammed? Avoid this Fraud on Facebook


Attorney General Roy Cooper is warning users of the popular social networking site about a trick that can give scammers access to information in users’ profiles. Facebook has a feature that allows users to indicate that they “Like” something that appears on the website, such as a post or photograph. Scammers figured out that users also want to be able to indicate when they don’t like something on the website. The scammers are luring users to click a link to download an official “dislike” button.  The message containing the link appears to have been sent by a friend, but it was actually generated automatically when the friend fell for the scam.
There is no official dislike button, and clicking the link can extract the user’s personal information and give it to the scammers. Avoid clicking on suspicious links whether they appear in emails or on websites. Remove suspicious applications (“apps”) from your Facebook profile if you think you might have been deceived into loading them. Remove all references to them from your Facebook features (status, News Feed, Likes and Interests) so you don’t accidentally encourage someone else to click that suspicious link.