Scam Signature Message:
Get your free 500 Facebook credits…NO surveys NO waste of time no task its totaly free the first 500 this promo is available for the first 1000 persons only… CHECK IT OUT HERE !! ENJOY… i got mine and it works get yours here:
Scam Type: Rogue Application
Trending: March 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are taken to the following page:
If you agree to install the “free-coins” application you must agree to give the application developer full access to your basic information, the right to post to your wall, the right to access your data any time and the right to manage your pages. Allowing them this access gives them permission to spam their message on your wall for all your friends to see. You should never give a third party application this much access unless you are 100% sure of their intentions and authenticity.
When you click “Allow,” you are presented the following:
Well, I must admit that I was surprised not to see a traditional survey scam as the end game here. I sincerely doubt that I will have 500 credits in my account in 5 hours, but I will keep you posted! Even though there is no survey to complete or file to download, this could still be a potentially dangerous application. The permissions required at installation give an unscrupulous developer access to a treasure trove of information. Always be wary of apps and offers that promise FREE credits and items. If it sounds too good to be true, then it usually is.
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 (click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post).You also need to access your privacy settings and remove the application from your list of approved Facebook applications. (Account/ Privacy Settings/ Applications and Websites.)
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: