Scam Signature Message: Wow I was logged into Facebook for ____ hours in 2010. Want to know how much time you spent on Facebook last year? Click here to find out!
Scam Type: Survey Scam – Rogue Application
Trending: February 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are taken to the following page:
When you click “HERE,” a popup screen appears and asks you to install the “Hour Analyzer” Facebook application:
If you agree to install the application, you must agree to give the application developer the right to: access to your basic information, post to your wall and access your data at any time. By doing this, you are giving the scammer permission to spam their message to all of your friends. 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, you will then be taken to the following screen:
The scammer’s end game is to get you to complete surveys or download games to your computer. Each time someone completes a survey, they get paid. These downloads often contain viruses, trojans or other malware. Don’t compromise your privacy and security, and don’t spam your friends with these bogus apps.
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you did make the mistake of installing the application and spammed the link 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: