Scam Signature Message: OMG my profile was viewed [number] times JUST TODAY! And I can see I have a few stalkers…Click here to see how many views you got!
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 “viewnumberviews” application you must agree to give the application developer full access to your basic information, the right to post to your wall and access your data any time. 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.
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:
If you do proceed with the application install, you are 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.
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: