Scam Signature Message: I can t believe this! I received 50 Farm Cash, thank you !
This Wall Post is especially tricky! The rogue application has taken an extra step by putting a bogus posting and fake “Like” on the scam post. The “I know it’s not much but at least this one works..enjoy it friends!!!” was posted by the app and not Fran.
This is an attempt to convince “Fran’s” friends that this isn’t a scam like the others, and that it is legitimate. This is a prime example of why you should take extra caution when installing a Facebook application that wants to post to your wall.
Scam Type: Survey Scam, Rogue Application
Trending: January 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are taken to the following page:
If you click “Accept” to accept the 25 Farm Cash, you are taken to the following page and asked to install the “Gifts Barn” Facebook application.
If you do agree to install the application, you must agree to give the application developer full access to your basic information, post to your wall and access your data at any time. Granting them this access allows the scammer to spam their message on your News Feed. 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:
This is the survey scammer’s end game. Each time someone completes a survey they get paid. Don’t complete any surveys and give them personal information they can use to do you harm. Some surveys require you to download a game to proceed. These downloads often contain viruses or other malware that can infect your system. Never download anything from scams like this.
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.
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 stay informed of the latest security issues. Also check out: