Scam Signature Message: Did Michael Jackson fake his death?
Scam Link: http://apps.facebook.com/omgghesalive/
Scam Type: Like Jacking – Survey Scam – Rogue Application
Trending: November 2010
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are taken to the following page:
If you click on this image, you are “like-jacked!” Your newsfeed will display a message like the one displayed above, and you will be spreading the scam to all of your friends. If you agree to install the application, you must agree to give the application developer full access to your basic information and the right to email you, post to your wall, access your data at any time and the right to manage your pages. Hopefully, you know better by now. But if you do indeed install the rogue application, then you are taken to a screen that tries to appear as a Facebook Verification Spam Bot. This is the ultimate end game of the scammers. You are asked to complete surveys, and this is how they get paid.
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you did make the mistake of installing the application and passing the link onto your friends, you should clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the application. You also need to access your privacy settings and remove the application. If you made the mistake of submitting your cell phone number for any of the surveys, then you should contact your carrier immediately to keep any bogus charging from appearing.
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