Scam Signature Message: My first Status was: “random post” . This was posted on [random date]
Scam Type: Survey Scam – Rogue Application – Like Jacking
Trending: December 2010
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are immediately taken to the Facebook application installation screen:
Here, you are asked to install the “First Status” Facebook application. We have also seen this scam use an application called “Status.” There could be other variations. If you agree to the install, you must agree to give the application developer full access to your basic information and the right to post to your wall. The application wants this access so it can spam the same message to your friends. 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 the scammer’s message is posted to your wall for your friends to see. You will then be taken to the following screen:
The surveys here often require you to download a game to proceed. These downloads often contain viruses or other malware that can infect your system. Don’t download anything or give them more of your personal information. In the end, you won’t see your First Status, but the scammers will have gained another victim.
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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