>Viral and malicious scams spreading via Facebook Chat


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We have had several “reports” about this ourselves, here is a post created by FaceCrooks
We have been following Facebook scams for quite some time. Several of our readers reported and we saw first hand the viral spread of malicious links via Facebook Chat. Virus infested chat links are nothing new to Facebook. It is a common ploy of hackers, scammers and purveyors of malware to hack a Facebook account and then send infested links to the friends of the hacked account.
This new method of malware delivery is to use a rogue Facebook application. This is really a clever trick invented by the scammers. It is a lot easier to get the average Facebook user to install a Facebook application instead of trying to hack a Facebook account.
Below is the scam posting we ran across tonight. At first glance nothing seems that out of the ordinary. (Kudos to this user for warning his friends to steer clear of the links!) 
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When a user clicks on the bit.ly link, they are presented the following Facebook application permission screen:
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Now this is where things get interesting. This particular rogue Facebook application requests permission to “Access Facebook Chat.” Allowing the application developer this access gives them permission to send chat messages to your friends. The people receiving these messages will likely think the link is coming from a trusted friend. We have heard reports that these links lead to viruses and/or malware infestation. 
One account with the rogue application installed could literally infect hundreds of users if they are unsuspecting of the link.  Now, more than ever, users must take responsibility for the applications they install and the links they click while on Facebook. Always be suspect of any links you receive via Facebook chat, and be more careful and selective of any Facebook applications you install.
If you are ever in doubt about a potentially malicious link, you can use the AVG online link scanner to check it out.
Damage Control ( Rogue App )

Rogue Applications Explained ( App Spam )
Defined- There are weaknesses in facebook that allow unscrupulous facebook application developers access to your facebook information and to use your facebook account as a means to spread a fake viral messages/ads across facebook. Once you install a rogue app it does not function as promised. It instead mines your data and/or spam’s your wall in an attempt to spread itself to your friends and throughout facebook.
How to Recover After A Rogue Application Install
If you have installed any Rogue Applications within your facebook profile, you may be currently spamming your wall and or your friends News Feeds with the Rogue Applications viral/scam messages. You must remove the messages from your wall by deleting the post and remove the rogue app by uninstalling it from your facebook profile.
How to remove a Rogue Application and it’s Spam Messages from your profile:
To Remove The Rogue Applications Messages From Your Wall:
  1. Navigating to your profile wall, then locate the message you want to remove.
  2. Once you’ve located the message click on the little “X” at the top right corner of the message. 
  3. At that point Facebook will either open a dialog box which will ask you are sure you want to remove the post, or it will offer you a menu. If you get The Dialog Box simply click the “Remove Post” button in the dialog box to remove the message. If you get The Menu simply Select “Remove Post OR Remove Post and Revoke The Publishing Rights of {App Name}” from the menu and the message will be removed.
To Remove The Rogue Application From Your Facebook Profile:
  1. From your Facebook home page Click Account, then “Privacy Settings“.
  2. Then under the heading “Applications, Games, and Websites” click “Edit Settings“.
  3. To the right of the heading “Applications You Use” Click the “Edit Settings” button.
  4. Finally find the rogue application you want to remove in the list and click the “Little X” to the right of it’s name. From there Simply follow the facebook prompts to remove the app.

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