Scam Signature Message:
wooow now I have seen how many hours I spend on Facebook…to find your time click here > >
Scam Type: Rogue Application, Survey Scam
Trending: January 2012
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking the wall post link takes you to the following Facebook page:
This page already has over 200,000 users and is still going strong. We have also seen this page used by Profile Peeker scams. After you like the page and proceed with the scam. You are redirected to one of many rogue applications used by this scam. One example is shown below:
Clicking “Allow” will give the scammer access to your Facebook data at any time and the application will be able to post to Facebook as you. This will allow them to spam their scam messages to all of your friends. This particular application is called “Look3″, but this page is known to use multiple Facebook apps.
Anytime you install a third party Facebook application, you give the application developer access to your personal data. Always be very selective on the apps you install, and only install them from well-known, trusted sources.
As you can see, this message isn’t consistent with the original wall post. This should be a huge red flag! If you click the blue button then the following survey scam loads:
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you did make the mistake of installing the rogue application you are now spamming the very same spam message to your friends. Clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the scam. (click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post).
You also need to remove the app from your Facebook account. Click the down triangle—>Account Settings—>Apps to remove this and other rogue applications.
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:
BitDefender Safego is a Facebook application you can install that will scan your News Feed and help keep you safe from scams like this.
Call to Action!
This scam page has almost 300,000 likes, and we need to get it shut down by Facebook! The following link will take you to the scam page. Please go to this page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Funny/330492846973783?sk=app_208195102528120, and click the report link in the bottom left corner. If enough people report the page for being a scam, then hopefully Facebook will take action:
**Warning – This is an active scam page! Only click report and then close out the page. Do not click anything else!**
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