Scam Signature Message: My Top Stalkers: 1. [random friend] with [random #] views this week….Find yours @[tiny.cc]
Scam Type: Survey Scam – Rogue Application
Trending: March 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are taken to the following landing page:
If you click “Continue,” you will be taken to the following Facebook application installation screen and asked to install the “See them now” app. We have seen this one before in other stalker scams. The scammers are using the same apps and landing pages and just changing the bait message up a bit to try and lure more people in.
If you agree to install the application, you must agree to give the application developer full access to your basic information and post to your wall. The scammer uses these permissions to spam their message to 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, 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:
IQ quiz scams are some of the oldest on Facebook. They typically require you to sign up for premium services on your cell phone. Sometimes, if you read the fine print they want to charge you to text you the results. If you want to know your IQ, please search out a more legitimate source for a proper test. Don’t compromise your privacy and spam your friends with these bogus apps. Apps promising to show you who has stalked your profile, who has deleted you as a friend, how many profile views you have, etc. are all scams! Check out our in-depth article on the topic:
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 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 stay informed of the latest security issues. Also check out: