Scam Signature Message: My Top Profile Viewers
Scam Type: Survey Scam – Fake Event – Profile Peeker
Trending: April 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking the wall post link takes you to the following page:
Never, ever copy and paste code directly into your browser. You bypass security controls built into your web browser, and you totally expose your computer to the code creators. If you do follow their directions you are taken to the follow page:
Here we see the end game of a typical Facebook Survey Scam. Each time someone completes a survey, the scam creator gets a commission. The scam creator will possibly have your personal information to do you harm. (depending on the information you submitted in the survey) If you downloaded any games or other files then your computer could be infecting with a virus, trojan or other malware. Never download files from scams like this!
Keep in mind that profile spy and stalker apps are all bogus and violate Facebook’s TOS, and developers do not have access to the information required to complete such applications. For more information about them check out our in dept article:
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you did make the mistake of pasting the code into your browser, you are now spamming your friends with the scammers message. You should clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the scam. (click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post). It also appears that this scam creates a fake event on your wall. You need to delete this event as well.
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 charges from appearing.
If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats. Be sure to join the Facecrooks page on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security issues. Also check out: