Scam Signature Message: Just wanted to tell you that Zynga is offering 650 Farmville Cash absolutely free this year. I got mine :D.
Scam Type: Like Jacking – Survey Scam – Rogue Application
Trending: January 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are taken to the following page:
If you click on the “Accept” button you are asked to install the Facebook application listed below:
If you agree to install the application, you must agree to give the application developer full access to your basic information, post to your wall, and access your data at any time. You should never give a third party application this much access unless you are 100% sure of their intentions and authenticity. If you do proceed with the application install, your account is like-jacked and you are spreading the scammers message to all of your friends. You will then be taken to the following screen:
The end game is obviously another survey scammer trying to get paid. Don’t complete the survey and give them more of your personal information. Enticing as 650 Farm Cash may be, I can all but guarantee that you won’t be receiving it in the end.
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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