Scam Signature Message: Omg this is so bad! A whole Village got sucked in by a whirlpool in Japan! Shocking 🙁
Scam Type: Rogue Application, Survey Scam
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 “Japanese Footage” application you must agree to give the application developer full access to your basic information, the right to post to your wall and the right to 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.
When you click “Allow,” you are presented the following survey scam:
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you did make the mistake of clicking on the scam message, installing the rogue application and completing the survey scam, you will need to check your news feed and make sure you aren’t spamming the message to your friends. If you are, you need to remove the item from your wall by clicking the small “x” in the top right hand corner of the post.
Don’t ever download any software or files from sites like this. If you did, you need to update and/or install anti-virus software on your computer and run a complete system scan. There is a good possibility that your system is now infected with a virus, trojan or some other malware.
If you submitted your cell phone number for any of the surveys, then you should contact your carrier immediately to keep any bogus charges from appearing.
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