Scam Signature Message: I just figured that the Zodiac Signs have changed !
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:
On this page, you are asked to install the “My New Zodiac Sign” Facebook application. If you agree to install the application, you must agree to give the application developer full access to your basic information, post to your wall, access your data at any time, access your profile information and access your friend’s information. 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 survey scam on this screen failed to load. When we refreshed our browser, our anti-virus software kicked in, and we were presented with the following alert:
As you can see, sometimes you are dealing with more than a survey scammer just trying to get paid. This virus was detected in the page that typically loads the surveys you must complete to proceed. Be sure to keep your antivirus software updated and be careful on what you click!
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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