Scam Signature Message:
OMG in 2012 I will [random act] find out what will happen to you in 2012 NOW =>
Scam Type: Rogue Application, Survey Scam
Trending: January 2012
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking the wall post link takes you to the following Facebook page:
This page quickly redirects you to the following Facebook rogue application:
Clicking “Allow” will give the scammer access to your Facebook data at any time and the application will be able to post to Facebook as you. This will allow them to spam their scam messages to all of your friends. This particular application is called “The big year.”, but this page is known to use multiple Facebook apps.
Anytime you install a third party Facebook application, you give the application developer access to your personal data. Always be very selective on the apps you install, and only install them from well-known, trusted sources. If you choose to proceed with the application install, then the following survey scam will load:
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you did make the mistake of installing the rogue application you are now spamming the very same spam message to your friends. Clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the scam. (click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post).
You also need to remove the app from your Facebook account. Click the down triangle—>Account Settings—>Apps to remove this and other rogue applications.
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:
BitDefender Safego is a Facebook application you can install that will scan your News Feed and help keep you safe from scams like this.