Facebook users are being hit today by a new incarnation of a virally-spreading survey scam that has already claimed many scalps.
You may see messages from your Facebook friends like the following:
LOL !! Me cant believe that you can see who is viewing your profile! I can see the TOP 10 people and I am really OPENMOUTHED that my EX is still checking me every hour. You can also see WH0 CHECKS YOUR PR0FILE here-> [LINK]
Another version reads:
I cant believe that you can see who is viewing your profile! I can see the TOP 10 people and I am really OPENMOUTHED that my EX is still checking me every hour.You can also see WH0 CHECKS YOUR PR0FILE here @ [LINK]
If so, whatever you do, don’t click on the link. If you do make the mistake of clicking you will be asked to authorise a rogue third party application – which demands access to your Facebook profile.
If you give it permission (perhaps in the hope of finding out who has been viewing your Facebook profile) then you are giving it the right to post messages to your wall. And it will abuse that permission immediately, in an attempt to get your Facebook friends to click on the same link.
Meanwhile, you will find yourself faced by an online survey – designed to generate commission for the scammers.
Notice how the page has used a GEO IP lookup (it believes I am living near Reading in the UK) to try to lure me into believing that a sultry brunette might have been checking out my Facebook page. Yeah, as if..
In addition, there’s interesting use of the Windows Security Center’s shield icon – perhaps it’s being used to try to trick victims into believing that the survey is legitimate.
The fact is, however, that there’s no way of finding out who has been viewing your Facebook page – and any application which claims it is going to tell you who has been stalking your Facebook profile is lying.
If you’ve been affected by this scam, you should clean up your account before any further damage is done.
I’ve made a YouTube video where I show you how to clean-up your Facebook account if you were hit by this, or similar scams on Facebook:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or-qR0Y300w&w=500&h=311&rel=0]
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