Scam Signature Message: OMG!! One Cute Girl Killed Herself After Raped By Her Step-Brother !!
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” to continue, you are taken to a Facebook screen that asks if you want to install the “One 18 Year Old Girl Killed Herself After Raped !!” application. Scammers often use outrageous and sensational titles to entice their victims, and this one is about the most disgusting we’ve seen.
If you agree to install the application, you must agree to give 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, you are taken to the following screen:
Most scammers go the extra mile in trying to appear legitimate in their attempt to trick users, but this one is very poorly done. This Youtube page displays the following narrative:
Obviously, it isn’t a good idea to click on the shortened links. It appears that they are linked to various and random advertising pages, but it is better safe than sorry. Never click on links of this nature unless you are certain they are safe. You can use the following online link scanner to double check any links you run across: http://linkscanner.explabs.com/linkscanner/avg/.
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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