Openmouthed? Facebook users gawp at new incarnation of survey scam

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

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…

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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