How to clean-up your profile after a Facebook survey scam

Graham Cluley
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Facebook survey scams continue to be a big problem. Just this weekend we estimate that hundreds of thousands of Facebook users have been hit by a resurgence of the “Girl killed herself” scam.

Judging by messages we’re receiving from Facebook’s users, many people are struggling to clean up their accounts after they were tricked into allowing a third party application to post messages from their profile. Of course, these messages look to your online friends as though you posted them, so it’s really important that the problem gets resolved or the scam will just spread more and more virally.

Here’s a quick YouTube video where I show you how to clean-up your Facebook account from such an attack:

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If you don’t want to get caught out again, or simply want to learn more about security threats on the social network and elsewhere on the internet, join the Sophos Facebook page.

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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