Scam Signature Message: Reserve and get your own firstname.lastname@example.org!
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 Here”, you are taken to a Facebook screen that asks if you want to install the “Get your own email name” application. The scammers have really done a nice job on making the application appear legit. The high quality graphics and professional design really make the application appear legitimate, but remember, looks can be deceiving!
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. Also keep in mind, that Facebook’s terms of service makes it impossible for an application developer to create an application of this kind. They are all scams! If you do proceed with the application install, you are taken to the following screen:
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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