Want to know your total Facebook views? Beware scam spreading virally

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A new scam is spreading rapidly across Facebook, using rogue applications to post spam messages onto users’ profiles claiming to be a way of discovering the total number of times your Facebook profile has been viewed.

The following YouTube video explains more:

Tens of thousands of users have been tricked into clicking on the messages.

My total facebook views are: XXXX
Find out your total profile views [LINK]

The number of “views” shown each time changes, and there are a number of different links being used, but all of them point to rogue applications which trick you into allowing them to access your Facebook page and profile:

And as soon as you click on “allow”, the scammers have you by the short-and-curlies. Behind the scenes, they are already posting messages which can be seen by your…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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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