Scam Signature Message:
OMG ! FACEBOOK DELETING all fake profiles at march 26th..please verify your account asap..iverified successfully at: 😀 😀
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 page:
If you agree to install the “VERIFY YOUR ACCOUNT” application you must agree to give the application developer full access to your basic information and the right to post to your wall. Allowing them this access gives them permission to spam their message on your wall for all your friends to see. You should never give a third party application this much access unless you are 100% sure of their intentions and authenticity.
Facebook will never use a third party application to for account verification purposes.
If you do proceed with the application install, you are taken to the following screen:
The Frogger download is known to contain malware. Don’t take the chance of infecting your system by downloading games from shady sources like this. Completing survey scams also is a danger to your privacy, and your friends won’t like getting spammed with the messages you’ll be sending out.
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 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: