Trend Micro has detected nine social media scams used by cyber criminals to spread malware infection to PCs and smartphones or steal personal information.
The scams will lure Internet users to click on links to phishing sites so they are advised to always check the source of links and apps in posts as well as changing social media passwords on a regular basis, and use a reputable security app.
"Social media scams are increasingly popular," said Terrence Tang, Senior Director of Consumer Business, Asia Pacific, Trend Micro.
"They lure users to install third-party apps through social media posts or trick users to click on phishing sites that cause malware infection. Users are advised to be ever vigilant when they surf online. Always check the source of posted links and apps. Change social media passwords regularly. Install an app that offers privacy protection, like Trend Micro Dr. Safety free app, to protect your device and personal information from prying eyes."
From seemingly innocent apps like the Facebook colour changer app, to vanity apps like Instagram likes and Twitter followers, or suspicious videos titled 'NSFW', here are 9 popular social media scams Trend Micro has identified: