Scam Message: Your Recent Profile Viewer’s
Scam Type: Profile Viewer, Rogue Facebook Application
Trending: August 2013
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking the scam link takes you to an external website shown below:
First off, the sketchy domain name you are redirected to should be a huge red flag. If you choose to continue then you are taken to a Facebook application login screen. We decided to stop here, but it’s pretty safe to assume that you are logging in to a rogue app and this is how the scam is spreading from user to user.
It’s important to remember that anything offering to show you who has viewed or visited your profile is certain to be a scam. Facebook doesn’t allow developers access to the data required to create such apps or extensions. In fact, here is Facebook’s own help topic on the subject:
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you did make the mistake of installing the rogue app, then use the guide shown below to remove it:
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.
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