Scam Signature Message:
Hi, I can see you are one of my top profile viewers LOL found out from here:
*Please note: this scam is being spread by comments on a friend’s link, photo, status update, etc. This could be especially dangerous since many people might lower their guard when a comment appears genuinely from a friend. This is far more deceitful and tricky than just spamming a message to a newsfeed. In the example above, the spam message is shown as a comment on a friend’s status update.
Scam Type: Fake Event – Survey Scam
Trending: March 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are taken to the following page:
Clicking on the tinyurl.com link takes you to the following survey scam:
Fake Events are becoming more and more common on Facebook. Scam creators don’t have to go through the trouble of creating a rogue Facebook application to do the dirty work. They just create a bogus event that contains a link to the scam, and hope for the best. Always report these pages when you see them. Chances are, if they aren’t reported by a large number of users, then the scam page will remain active for a while.
Keep in mind that profile spy and stalker apps are all bogus and violate Facebook’s TOS, and developers do not have access to the information required to complete such applications. For more information about them check out our in dept article:
Here we see the end game of a typical Facebook Survey Scam. Each time someone completes a survey, the scam creator gets a commission. The scam creator will possibly have your personal information to do you harm. (depending on the information you submitted in the survey) If you downloaded any games or other files then your computer could be infecting with a virus, trojan or other malware. Never download files from scams like this!
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you did follow the directions listed on the fake Facebook Event page, then you need to cancel your reservation for the event. You also should notify your friends that you have shared a bogus link with them and/or invited them to a Fake event.
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 charges from appearing.
If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats. Be sure to join the Facecrooks page on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security issues. Also check out: