Scam Signature Message: “OMG Miley Cyrus is caught smoking a BONG on video”
Scam Type: Like Jacking – Survey Scam – Rogue Application
Trending: December 2010
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are taken to the following page:
When you click on the Facebook login button you are asked to install the application below:
Agreeing to install the application, gives the application developer full access to your basic information and the right to email you, post to your wall, access your data at any time and the right to manage your pages. 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 scammer’s 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. When completing the surveys for this scam, you are asked for your email address, age and cell phone number. This gives the scammers more of your information that they can use to do you harm and steal your identity. A common ploy is to charge your cell phone number for premium services until the charges are cancelled. Never give out your personal information for scams like this. Some people are reporting the downloads from these scams contain a virus, so do not download the “games” like Frogger, Bubbles, etc.
For those of your curious about the actual video, here is the link to TMZ http://bit.ly/hpuREj, so you can see it scam free.
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 charging from appearing.
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