This time of year, your ears perk up when anyone talks about a "Christmas bonus." Whether your boss tosses you a $25 Denny's gift card each year, or hands you a white envelope with a check for thousands of dollars, you're ready.
Crooks on Facebook know that you're geared up for a Christmas bonus. So, they're using those words to trick you into giving them your personal information, or sending them money.
At least a couple of Facebook "Christmas bonus" scams have recently popped up. In one, you get a message from one of your contacts, or a friend of a friend. You might recognize the person, so you read their message.
It says something about a big "Christmas bonus," like $25,000. The person might say they're really excited to have received Facebook's Christmas bonus, which they say is a promotion from Facebook Freedom and Powerball Management. They then request personal information about you, such as where you work and how much money you make.
You might think Powerball is the lottery, but it's not. It's a scam.
So is another "Christmas Bonus" message that has popped up on Facebook's app, Messenger. It appears that a new Facebook contact asks you via Messenger if you've received your Facebook "Christmas Bonus."
When you ask for details, they tell you to contact a specific Facebook agent. That agent then requests your personal information and money.
Facebook warns its 1.6 billion users about these types of scams. If you get a Facebook message you suspect is a scam, go to Facebook's Help menu. (Click on the down arrow to the right of Find Friends). Click on Help, then type in "scam."
Note: Visit the Komando Security Center for tips on keeping your personal information safe when you're online.