Changes in Technology & Politics and their effect on Business
According to the consumer fraud reporting research on internet scams, scam complaints and reports increased by more than 30% from 2008 to 2009 alone. More disturbing yet is the fact that more than 65% of these scams originated from the US, followed closely by UK at 10.5% and Nigeria at 7.5%.
A line from a recent movie goes “the most persistent virus is an idea. Once in, it is almost impossible to eradicate. It is so powerful. that it can change the world…”
Well an army of ‘ideas’ is indeed spreading like wildfire on Facebook and more often than not, they are scams. Like real life viruses, these scams spread from network to network through friends and acquaintances that fall for them. So if you notice your friends or even your own Facebook account posting weird links to web pages promising a hilarious, shocking or scandalous video, freebies like an iPad, free Facebook credits or a Subway gift card, chances are your friend’s account or your own account has already been infected.