Google+ invite scam spreads on Facebook via rogue application

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A rogue application is spreading via Facebook, claiming to offer easy invitations to Facebook’s new rival in the social network market, Google+.

Many Facebook users have had messages like the following appear on their newsfeed:

Google+ – Get Invite
Unoffical Fan Page
Page: ‎XX,XXX people like this.

If you visit the page, you are invited to allow a third-party application to access your Facebook account.

You should also exercise great caution about what third party apps you allow to access your Facebook records, especially when they are demanding the ability to post to your wall and grab personal information such as your date of birth and current location.

Nevertheless, if you are hungry to get a Google+ Invite or to find an easier way to encourage your Facebook friends to join you on Google+ then you might (unwisely) carry on regardless.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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