Scam Signature Message: Friend Buzz Photos – Click here to see your top friends –
Scam Type: Rogue Application, Malware – Trojan
Trending: February 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are taken to the following page:
If you do agree to install the application, you must agree to give the application developer full access to your basic information, send you email, post to your wall, access posts in newsfeed, access your data at any time and access to your friend’s information. This is one of the more intrusive apps that we have seen, and this should be a red flag! Granting them this access allows the scammer to spam their message on 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, you are taken to the following screen:
Here you are asked a series of questions about your Facebook friends. For each question answered you receive 1 coin. Once you answer 20 questions you are supposed to receive a 5 coin bonus.
If you click the “Your results” link, random links popup to various Facebook applications and offers:
If you click on the “Get Coins” link, you are taken to the following page:
This page contains various offers that you can complete to receive coins. We didn’t click on any of them, so we don’t know if they are legitimate or not. This application behaves exactly as a survey scam; only the end game is much more polished. As a final word of warning, when we were testing the application, we received this alert:
I doubt the offers you can sign up for are good enough to risk infecting your system. I would definitely avoid this Facebook application altogether if I were you.
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.
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