Facebook SCAM ALERT – Justin Bieber Stabbed By Crazed Fan.


<< SCAM ALERT – Justin Bieber Stabbed >>
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Facebook users should be on the lookout for a bogus video link that claims to show Justin Bieber stabbed by a crazed fan outside a nightclub. (Example Attached.) If you get drawn in by the bogus message you will be transferred to a fake video website. When you try to play the video, by clicking the play button, you are told you must share the bogus video link first. After clicking the share button and then the play button again, as told to, you are then re-directed to another website and told you must complete bogus surveys to see the video. The Surveys are masked as a “Identity Check“, but the truth is the process is a fraud designed to get you to complete bogus surveys or offers that net scammers 1 to 3 dollars per survey. There is no video of Justin Bieber being stabbed. See the examples provided below..

Example Fake Video Message

Example Fake Video Website

If You Click PLAY You are Told You Must Share First, 
Then Click Play

Example Of The Share Prompt

  Once You Share Then Try To Play The Video,
You are Re-Directed To A Survey Scam

 
Facebook Profile Clean Up

If you have fallen for the scam shown above, you need to delete any wall messages you have posted as a result of the scam, as soon as possible. If you have seen your friends post the scam, take a little time to report the spam to Facebook.
How do I remove a Wall post or story?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=203594616344678#How-do-I-remove-a-Wall-post-or-story?

The link below shows you how to Report Abuse On Facebook. It covers reporting a post as spam.

How to Report Abuse
https://www.facebook.com/help/reportlinks

Did You Fill Out The Survey Scam.

It is important that you never hand over any personal information, such as: email addresses, cell number, name, home address or credit card numbers, to these types of scams. If you do, you are simply setting yourself up to be spammed or worse. Identity theft is big business and handing over some of the info these bogus surveys ask for, will make you a victim of that business. If you have made the mistake of handing over a credit card number, you should call your bank or credit provider as soon as possible to have them remove or dispute the charges that have or maybe made to the card. If you’ve given your cell number to any of these types of Scams, it is important that you call your cell carrier ASAP to have any charges you may receive stopped. If you begin to receive unsolicited phone calls, you should take note of the calls, record names and numbers, then report the calls to the FCC or other proper authorities..

~MBK

Facebook SCAM ALERT – Facebook Valentines Day Theme.


<< SCAM ALERT – Facebook Valentines Day Theme Scam >>
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Facebook users should watch out for post that offer them a Facebook Valentines Day Theme. This well crafted scam tries to dupe users into believing Facebook is offering the theme as a part of the new Timeline profile. If a user takes the bait they will be transferred to an external website that tricks them into installing a malicious Chrome or Firefox extension/plugin that acts like a Trojan. The Trojan will monitor the user’s browsing activities and redirect their page to a survey page that ask for their mobile number. There are no Valentines Day Themes offered by Facebook, users should avoid this type of scam. Please see the included examples.

Example Scam Message

Example Scam Website

Additional Resource: (More Examples & Extended Information)

Via Trendlabs Malware Blog
Facebook Valentine’s Theme Leads To Malware
http://blog.trendmicro.com/facebook-valentines-theme-leads-to-malware/

 Facebook Profile Clean Up

If you have fallen for the scam shown above, you need to remove any browser plugins you may have installed as a result of the scam and delete any wall messages you have posted as soon as possible. If you have seen your friends post the scam, take a little time to report the spam to Facebook.
How to recover from spamming browser plugins or apps:

First: Start by checking what Facebook apps you have installed and remove any suspicious ones. Then check for and remove any suspicious browser plugins. You should also update your Anti-Virus Software and RUN A FULL SCAN with it to make sure you didn’t get any viruses on your computer from the spam.

How do I remove or delete an app from my account?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=170585223002660#How-do-I-remove-or-delete-an-app-from-my-account?

Removing any possible bogus browser Plugins..

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Second: You should change your Facebook Password just in case.

How do I reset my password?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=213395615347144#How-do-I-reset-my-password?
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Third: Finally you should Delete the wall messages and or report the messages as spam.

Here is how to remove a post from the wall:

How do I remove a Wall post or story?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=203594616344678#How-do-I-remove-a-Wall-post-or-story?

The link below shows you how to Report Abuse On Facebook. It covers reporting a post as spam.

How to Report Abuse
https://www.facebook.com/help/reportlinks

~MBK

Facebook SCAM ALERT – SHOCKING VIDEO of the WORLDS most VIOLENT knockout EVER.


<< SCAM ALERT – Banned Shocking Knockout Video >>
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This is a Flash Spam Alert!!!

Facebook users should be on the lookout for a bogus video link that claims to show a shocking video of the worlds most violent knockout. (Example Attached.) If you get drawn in by the bogus message you will end up being led to a website that tricks you into liking and sharing the spam before you are re-directed to another website and told you must complete bogus surveys to see the video.

Example Fake Video Message

 

Example Fake Video Website

Example Of The Share Prompt

  Once You Share Then Try To Play The Video,
You are Re-Directed To A Survey Scam

Example Of The Bogus Surveys

Facebook Profile Clean Up

**If you have fallen for the scam shown above, you need to delete any wall messages you have posted as a result of the scam, as soon as possible. If you have seen your friends post the scam, take a little time to report the spam to Facebook.
How do I remove a Wall post or story?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=203594616344678#How-do-I-remove-a-Wall-post-or-story?

The link below shows you how to Report Abuse On Facebook. It covers reporting a post as spam.

How to Report Abuse
https://www.facebook.com/help/reportlinks

~MBK

Facebook SCAM ALERT – Most Embarrassing Moment Ever In a Contest.


<< SCAM ALERT – Most Embarrassing Moment Ever >>
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This is a Flash Spam Alert!!!

Facebook users should be on the lookout for a bogus video link that claims to show the most embarrassing moment ever in a live beauty Contest. (Example Attached.) If you get drawn in by the bogus message you will end up being led to a website that tricks you in sharing the bogus video link first, then once you click play as told to, you are re-directed to another website and told you must complete bogus surveys to see the video.

Example Fake Video Message

Example Fake Video Website
If You Click PLAY You are Told You Must Share First, 
Then Click Play
Example Of The Share Prompt
  Once You Share Then Try To Play The Video,
You are Re-Directed To A Survey Scam

 
Facebook Profile Clean Up

**If you have fallen for the scam shown above, you need to delete any wall messages you have posted as a result of the scam, as soon as possible. If you have seen your friends post the scam, take a little time to report the spam to Facebook.
How do I remove a Wall post or story?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=203594616344678#How-do-I-remove-a-Wall-post-or-story?

The link below shows you how to Report Abuse On Facebook. It covers reporting a post as spam.

How to Report Abuse
https://www.facebook.com/help/reportlinks

~MBK

Facebook SCAM ALERT – Rogue Application – What Your Kiss Says About You.


<< SCAM ALERT – What Your Kiss Says About You >>
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Special Note:
This one is part of a new breed of STEALTH SCAMS, which start out pretty innocuously, and later, once it’s popular, starts acting maliciously. Early users may not find anything wrong.

Facebook users should be on the lookout for a post that claim you can find out what your kiss says about you.. (Examples Below.) If you get drawn in by the bogus message you will end up being led to a Facebook Fan page that immediately re-directs you to a Facebook Application Install Screen. Once you install the app you are then forced complete a Fake survey to get the results. The Facebook Application creates a message that displays nothing more then a picture with your name on it and a novelty message about your kissing. Though it may appear that the application is simply created to provide Facebook users with novelty entertainment, there is a much more sinister objective behind it. The Application uses the permissions you granted it to post to your wall without your knowledge and while it’s doing that, it also accesses quite a bit of your Facebook profile information.

The Application Accesses This Information From your Facebook Profile:
Your Basic information which includes: Name, Profile Picture, Gender, Networks, User ID, List of Friends, and any other information you’ve made public

They Application also access a few sets of Non-Basic information which includes: About Me, Birthday, Education History, Likes, Music, TV, Movies, Books and Quotes.

Here are screen-caps of the application installed and the profile data it accessed..

Screenshot #1 – Applications Dashboard


 

Screenshot #2 – Data Access Log

While the application is accessing all that information from your profile and posting the novelty message to your friends, behind your back, you are led to an external website and told you must complete a survey to pass a “Security Check”. The fake surveys or offers net scammers 1 to 3 dollars per survey completed. The process is a fraud. Please see the examples included below and please read the extended info included below the examples.

Example Scam Message Type 1

Example Application Install Screen #1

 The Survey Scam

Example Bogus Survey

<< GENERAL ALERT >> ( Extended Information )

Be advised; Currently there appears to be high level of Rogue Application related spam on Facebook. These particular scams may engage users as legitimate applications at first, however once they become popular they appear to switch to spreading spam and survey scams.
It is advised that you use extreme caution before installing NOVELTY Applications or Quizzes.

Examples Of  Novelty Applications or Quizzes would be:

  • Applications that claim to show you how you will die.
  • Applications that claim to show you the popular song when you were born.
  • Applications that claim to show you what type of dog, animal or mythical creature you are.
  • Applications that claim to show you Celebrities that were born on your birthday.
  • Applications that claim to predict your future and so on..
The Quizzes themselves may also ask you rather personal questions like: How big is your house, Your Income level, Where do you live, Your Birth-date, Your family size and other information that could be used to commit Identity Fraud.
Signs That An Application Maybe Rogue:
These types of Facebook applications all have two things in common. Many of them have no drop screens or informational preview, (Meaning: They offer you little to no information about the app you are about to install and no Privacy Policy or company contact info. They simply rush you through the install process.) They also all request the “Post To Facebook As Me” permission up front, on the “Application Request For Permission” Screen. This permission allows the application to post to your Facebook profile at any time, without you implicitly telling it to do so. (Meaning: It’s the Scammers Delight) -As a general rule of thumb you should Personally review all Facebook applications before you install them. Do not install applications simply because it appears friends have used it.

5 Tips For Protecting Yourself From Facebook Scams:

  1. Make sure your computer’s OS, Browsers and Anti-Virus software is up-to-date and keep them that way.
  2. Keep your passwords to yourself. (Never Give Them TO ANYONE, NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY.)
  3. Don’t Friend everybody on Facebook.
  4. If you are NOT going to use Facebook apps, turn the application platform off. If you ARE going to use Facebook apps, make sure you thoroughly review them before you install ANY of them.
  5. Don’t trust your friends on Facebook or any other website/social network. Don’t randomly click every link OR Facebook Application they throw your way and make sure you don’t go around facebook or the web clicking everything you see. You should be relatively sure of were a link is going to take you, before you click it..

Facebook Profile Clean Up

If you have fallen for the scam, you need to remove any Facebook Applications you may have installed as a result of the scam and delete any wall messages you have posted as soon as possible. If you have seen your friends post the scam, take a little time to report the spam to Facebook. Please see the resources below.

How do I remove or delete an app from my account?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=170585223002660#How-do-I-remove-or-delete-an-app-from-my-account?

How do I remove a Wall post or story?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=203594616344678#How-do-I-remove-a-Wall-post-or-story?

The link below shows you how to Report Abuse On Facebook. It covers reporting a post as spam.

How to Report Abuse
https://www.facebook.com/help/reportlinks

Did You Fill Out The Survey Scam.
It is important that you never hand over any personal information, such as: email addresses, cell number, name, home address or credit card numbers, to these types of scams. If you do, you are simply setting yourself up to be spammed or worse. Identity theft is big business and handing over some of the info these bogus surveys ask for, will make you a victim of that business. If you have made the mistake of handing over a credit card number, you should call your bank or credit provider as soon as possible to have them remove or dispute the charges that have or maybe made to the card. If you’ve given your cell number to any of these types of Scams, it is important that you call your cell carrier ASAP to have any charges you may receive stopped. If you begin to receive unsolicited phone calls, you should take note of the calls, record names and numbers, then report the calls to the FCC or other proper authorities..

 
~MBK

Facebook SCAM ALERT – Harmless Prank Ends In Tragedy.


<< SCAM ALERT – Harmless Prank >>
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Facebook users should be on the lookout for a bogus video that claims to show a harmless prank that ends in tragedy. (Example Attached.) If you get drawn in by the bogus message you will end up being led to websites that trick you into installing a malicious browser plugin. ( This scam uses a Fake YouTube Update Plugin bait.) -The plugin will use your browser to compromise your facebook account, and cause it to repeatedly spam the people in your friends list by Tagging them in multiple posting of the fake video link. In the end you will not see a video but instead be asked to complete fake surveys or offers that net scammers 1 to 3 dollars per survey.

Example Fake Video Message

Example Fake Video Website With Plugin Prompt
 
5 Tips For Protecting Yourself From Facebook Scams:

  1. Make sure your computer’s OS, Browsers and Anti-Virus software is up-to-date and keep them that way.
  2. Keep your passwords to yourself. (Never Give Them TO ANYONE, NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY.)
  3. Don’t Friend everybody on Facebook.
  4. If you are NOT going to use Facebook apps, turn the application platform off. If you ARE going to use Facebook apps, make sure you thoroughly review them before you install ANY of them.
  5. Don’t trust your friends on Facebook or any other website/social network. Don’t randomly click every link OR Facebook Application they throw your way and make sure you don’t go around facebook or the web clicking everything you see. You should be relatively sure of were a link is going to take you, before you click it..

 Facebook Profile Clean Up

**If you have fallen for the scam shown above, you need to remove any browser plugins you may have installed as a result of the scam and delete any wall messages you have posted as soon as possible. If you have seen your friends post the scam, take a little time to report the spam to Facebook.
How to recover from spamming browser plugins or apps:

**First: Start by checking what Facebook apps you have installed and remove any suspicious ones. Then check for and remove any suspicious browser plugins. You should also update your Anti-Virus Software and RUN A FULL SCAN with it to make sure you didn’t get any viruses on your computer from the spam.

How do I remove or delete an app from my account?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=170585223002660#How-do-I-remove-or-delete-an-app-from-my-account?

Removing any possible bogus browser Plugins..

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**Second: You should change your Facebook Password just in case.

How do I reset my password?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=213395615347144#How-do-I-reset-my-password?
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**Third: Finally you should Delete the wall messages and or report the messages as spam.

Here is how to remove a post from the wall:

How do I remove a Wall post or story?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=203594616344678#How-do-I-remove-a-Wall-post-or-story?

The link below shows you how to Report Abuse On Facebook. It covers reporting a post as spam.

How to Report Abuse
https://www.facebook.com/help/reportlinks

~MBK

Facebook SCAM ALERT – Rogue Application – What is Your Drug.


<< SCAM ALERT – What is Your Drug >>
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Special Note:
This one is part of a new breed of STEALTH SCAMS, which start out pretty innocuously, and later, once it’s popular, starts acting maliciously. Early users may not find anything wrong.

Facebook users should be on the lookout for a post that claim to show you what drug you are addicted to. (Examples Below.) If you get drawn in by the bogus message you will end up being led to a Facebook Fan page that immediately re-directs you to a Facebook Application Install Screen. Once you install the app you are then forced complete a Fake survey to get the results. The Facebook Application creates a message that displays nothing more then a picture with your name on it and the name of a drug. Though it may appear that the application is simply created to provide Facebook users with novelty entertainment, there is a much more sinister objective behind it. The Application uses the permissions you granted it to post to your wall without your knowledge and while it’s doing that, it also accesses quite a bit of your Facebook profile information.

The Application Accesses This Information From your Facebook Profile:
Your Basic information which includes: Name, Profile Picture, Gender, Networks, User ID, List of Friends, and any other information you’ve made public

They Application also access a few sets of Non-Basic information which includes: About Me, Birthday, Education History, Likes, Music, TV, Movies, Books and Quotes.

Here are screen-caps of the application installed and the profile data it accessed..

Screenshot #1 – Applications Dashboard

Screenshot #2 – Data Access Log


While the application is accessing all that information from your profile and posting the novelty message to your friends, behind your back, you are led to an external website and told you must complete a survey to pass a “Security Check”. The fake surveys or offers net scammers 1 to 3 dollars per survey completed. The process is a fraud. Please see the examples included below and please read the extended info included below the examples.

Example Scam Message #1
Example Scam Fan Page

Example Application Install Screen #1

Example Application Install Screen #2

The Survey Scam
<< GENERAL ALERT >> ( Extended Information )
Be advised; Currently there appears to be high level of Rogue Application related spam on Facebook. These particular scams may engage users as legitimate applications at first, however once they become popular they appear to switch to spreading spam and survey scams.
It is advised that you use extreme caution before installing NOVELTY Applications or Quizzes.

Examples Of  Novelty Applications or Quizzes would be:

  • Applications that claim to show you how you will die.
  • Applications that claim to show you the popular song when you were born.
  • Applications that claim to show you what type of dog, animal or mythical creature you are.
  • Applications that claim to show you Celebrities that were born on your birthday.
  • Applications that claim to predict your future.
The Quizzes themselves may also ask you rather personal questions like: How big is your house, Your Income level, Where do you live, Your Birth-date, Your family size and other information that could be used to commit Identity Fraud.
Signs That An Application Maybe Rogue:
These types of Facebook applications all have two things in common. Many of them have no drop screens or informational preview, (Meaning: They offer you little to no information about the app you are about to install and no Privacy Policy or company contact info. They simply rush you through the install process.) They also all request the “Post To Facebook As Me” permission up front, on the “Application Request For Permission” Screen. This permission allows the application to post to your Facebook profile at any time, without you implicitly telling it to do so. (Meaning: It’s the Scammers Delight) -As a general rule of thumb you should Personally review all Facebook applications before you install them. Do not install applications simply because it appears friends have used it.

5 Tips For Protecting Yourself From Facebook Scams:

  1. Make sure your computer’s OS, Browsers and Anti-Virus software is up-to-date and keep them that way.
  2. Keep your passwords to yourself. (Never Give Them TO ANYONE, NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY.)
  3. Don’t Friend everybody on Facebook.
  4. If you are NOT going to use Facebook apps, turn the application platform off. If you ARE going to use Facebook apps, make sure you thoroughly review them before you install ANY of them.
  5. Don’t trust your friends on Facebook or any other website/social network. Don’t randomly click every link OR Facebook Application they throw your way and make sure you don’t go around facebook or the web clicking everything you see. You should be relatively sure of were a link is going to take you, before you click it..

Facebook Profile Clean Up

If you have fallen for the scam, you need to remove any Facebook Applications you may have installed as a result of the scam and delete any wall messages you have posted as soon as possible. If you have seen your friends post the scam, take a little time to report the spam to Facebook. Please see the resources below.

How do I remove or delete an app from my account?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=170585223002660#How-do-I-remove-or-delete-an-app-from-my-account?

How do I remove a Wall post or story?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=203594616344678#How-do-I-remove-a-Wall-post-or-story?

The link below shows you how to Report Abuse On Facebook. It covers reporting a post as spam.

How to Report Abuse
https://www.facebook.com/help/reportlinks

Did You Fill Out The Survey Scam.
It is important that you never hand over any personal information, such as: email addresses, cell number, name, home address or credit card numbers, to these types of scams. If you do, you are simply setting yourself up to be spammed or worse. Identity theft is big business and handing over some of the info these bogus surveys ask for, will make you a victim of that business. If you have made the mistake of handing over a credit card number, you should call your bank or credit provider as soon as possible to have them remove or dispute the charges that have or maybe made to the card. If you’ve given your cell number to any of these types of Scams, it is important that you call your cell carrier ASAP to have any charges you may receive stopped. If you begin to receive unsolicited phone calls, you should take note of the calls, record names and numbers, then report the calls to the FCC or other proper authorities..

 
~MBK

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Hoax Alert – Facebook Will Not Close March 15th 2012. It’s just an Old Hoax..


Hoax Alert – Facebook Will Close March 15th.

Facebook users should be one the lookout for messages that state Facebook will close on March 15th 2012. Despite what is stated in the messages being circulated on Facebook, (Example Attached), they should not be taken seriously, re-shared or re-posted. The fact is: this is nothing more then a rehash of a hoax that circulated last year around this same time and the messages currently being circulated are pointing to the exact same website that started last years hoax.. See Examples and Resources..

Example Hoax Messages
Screen-Cap – Website Circulating the Hoax
 

Resources: (Proves This is the Same Hoax.)

(01-09-2011) – Via Sophos
Facebook will NOT end on March 15th. Hoax news story spreads like wildfire
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/01/09/facebook-will-not-end-on-march-15th-hoax-news-story-spreads-like-wildfire/

(11-16-2011) Via Snopes.com
Facebook Closure – Facebook will be closing down for good on 15 March 2012.
http://www.snopes.com/computer/facebook/closure.asp

(01-10-2011) Via Hoax-Slayer
Hoax – Facebook Shutting Down on March 15

**Share This With Friends**
~MBK

SCAM ALERT – Warning! Avoid These Free Gift And Gift Card Scams on Facebook.


<< SCAM ALERT – Free Gift And Gift Card Scams >>

Facebook users should avoid all of the free gift and gift card offers shown in the examples below. If you get drawn in by these bogus offers you will end up being led to websites that trick you into *Sharing* spam, *Liking* random fan pages and finally you will be told you need to complete surveys/offers to receive your imaginary free gift or gift card. The fake surveys or offers net scammers 1 to 3 dollars per survey completed and they have no problem tricking you to get that payout. You may also be asked to install malicious browser plugins that will use your browser to compromise your facebook account, and caused it to repeatedly spam the people in your friends list. Please see the examples below and read the extended information provided below them..
Remember: You should approach ALL free gift card offers on Facebook with CAUTION. If you can’t find the particular offer on the Retailers main website or Facebook fan page you should AVOID the offer.
  
Example Free Gift And Gift Card Scams

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Extended Information:

The Facebook messages you’ve just seen above are not part of any legitimate offer on Facebook. If you were to click any the links in any of those messages on Facebook you will be led to website that show you screens similar to the examples below.

Example 1 – Fake Offer

Example 2 – Survey Scam
The above screens are not part of facebook or part of any verification process. The real reason why the victim must complete this step is so that the scam artist can spread more spam and get paid. The scam artist can net a $1 or more for each completed survey or a commission for each downloaded product. The surveys themselves are simply designed in many cases to glean email addresses or as much personal information about the victim as possible. Providing these types of surveys this extra information will open the victim up to spam or even Identity Theft. In many cases the products offer for download will infect the victims computer with Ad-ware, Spyware or a Trojan Horse virus.

Facebook Profile Clean Up

If you have fallen for any of the scams shown above, you may need to remove any Facebook Applications or browser plugins you may have installed as a result of these scam. You will also need to delete any spam wall messages you have posted due to these scams as soon as possible. If you have seen your friends post the scam, take a little time to report the spam to Facebook.
How to recover from spamming browser plugins or apps:

**First: Start by checking what Facebook apps you have installed and remove any suspicious ones. Then check for and remove any suspicious browser plugins. You should also update your Anti-Virus Software and RUN A FULL SCAN with it to make sure you didn’t get any viruses on your computer from the spam.

How do I remove or delete an app from my account?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=170585223002660#How-do-I-remove-or-delete-an-app-from-my-account?

Removing any possible bogus browser Plugins..

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**Second: You should change your Facebook Password just in case.

How do I reset my password?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=213395615347144#How-do-I-reset-my-password?
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**Third: Finally you should Delete the wall messages and or report the messages as spam.

Here is how to remove a post from the wall:

How do I remove a Wall post or story?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=203594616344678#How-do-I-remove-a-Wall-post-or-story?

The link below shows you how to Report Abuse On Facebook. It covers reporting a post as spam.

How to Report Abuse
https://www.facebook.com/help/reportlinks

~MBK


Facebook SCAM ALERT – Rogue Application – What Your Name Means.


<< SCAM ALERT – What Your Name Means >>
**Share & Like To Spread This Warning**

Special Note:
This one is part of a new breed of STEALTH SCAMS, which start out pretty innocuously, and later, once it’s popular, starts acting maliciously. Early users may not find anything wrong.

Facebook users should be on the lookout for a post that claim you can find out what your name means. (Examples Below.) If you get drawn in by the bogus message you will end up being led to a Facebook Fan page that forces you to like the page, tricks you into installing a Facebook application and then forces you to complete Fake surveys to get the results. The Facebook Application creates a message that displays nothing more then a picture with a word next to each letter of your name or your name and a brief sentence. Though it may appear that the application is simply created to provide Facebook users with novelty entertainment, there is a much more sinister objective behind it. The Application uses the permissions you granted it to post to your wall without your knowledge and while it’s doing that, it also accesses quite a bit of your Facebook profile information.

The Application Accesses This Information From your Facebook Profile:
Your Basic information which includes: Name, Profile Picture, Gender, Networks, User ID, List of Friends, and any other information you’ve made public

They Application also access a few sets of Non-Basic information which includes: About Me, Birthday, Education History, Likes, Music, TV, Movies, Books and Quotes.

Here are screen-caps of the application installed and the profile data it accessed..

Screenshot #1 – Applications Dashboard

Screenshot #2 – Data Access Log

While the application is accessing all that information from your profile and posting the novelty message to your friends, behind your back, you are led to an external website and told you must complete a survey to pass a “Security Check”. The fake surveys or offers net scammers 1 to 3 dollars per survey completed. The process is a fraud. Please see the examples included below and please read the extended info included below the examples.

Example Scam Message Type 1

 

Example Scam Message Type 2
Example Scam Fan Page

Example Application Install Screen #1

Example Application Install Screen #2

The Survey Scam

<< GENERAL ALERT >> ( Extended Information )

Be advised; Currently there appears to be high level of Rogue Application related spam on Facebook. These particular scams may engage users as legitimate applications at first, however once they become popular they appear to switch to spreading spam and survey scams.
It is advised that you use extreme caution before installing NOVELTY Applications or Quizzes.

Examples Of  Novelty Applications or Quizzes would be:

  • Applications that claim to show you how you will die.
  • Applications that claim to show you the popular song when you were born.
  • Applications that claim to show you what type of dog, animal or mythical creature you are.
  • Applications that claim to show you Celebrities that were born on your birthday.
  • Applications that claim to predict your future.
The Quizzes themselves may also ask you rather personal questions like: How big is your house, Your Income level, Where do you live, Your Birth-date, Your family size and other information that could be used to commit Identity Fraud.
Signs That An Application Maybe Rogue:
These types of Facebook applications all have two things in common. Many of them have no drop screens or informational preview, (Meaning: They offer you little to no information about the app you are about to install and no Privacy Policy or company contact info. They simply rush you through the install process.) They also all request the “Post To Facebook As Me” permission up front, on the “Application Request For Permission” Screen. This permission allows the application to post to your Facebook profile at any time, without you implicitly telling it to do so. (Meaning: It’s the Scammers Delight) -As a general rule of thumb you should Personally review all Facebook applications before you install them. Do not install applications simply because it appears friends have used it.

5 Tips For Protecting Yourself From Facebook Scams:

  1. Make sure your computer’s OS, Browsers and Anti-Virus software is up-to-date and keep them that way.
  2. Keep your passwords to yourself. (Never Give Them TO ANYONE, NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY.)
  3. Don’t Friend everybody on Facebook.
  4. If you are NOT going to use Facebook apps, turn the application platform off. If you ARE going to use Facebook apps, make sure you thoroughly review them before you install ANY of them.
  5. Don’t trust your friends on Facebook or any other website/social network. Don’t randomly click every link OR Facebook Application they throw your way and make sure you don’t go around facebook or the web clicking everything you see. You should be relatively sure of were a link is going to take you, before you click it..

Facebook Profile Clean Up

If you have fallen for the scam, you need to remove any Facebook Applications you may have installed as a result of the scam and delete any wall messages you have posted as soon as possible. If you have seen your friends post the scam, take a little time to report the spam to Facebook. Please see the resources below.

How do I remove or delete an app from my account?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=170585223002660#How-do-I-remove-or-delete-an-app-from-my-account?

How do I remove a Wall post or story?
https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=203594616344678#How-do-I-remove-a-Wall-post-or-story?

The link below shows you how to Report Abuse On Facebook. It covers reporting a post as spam.

How to Report Abuse
https://www.facebook.com/help/reportlinks

Did You Fill Out The Survey Scam.
It is important that you never hand over any personal information, such as: email addresses, cell number, name, home address or credit card numbers, to these types of scams. If you do, you are simply setting yourself up to be spammed or worse. Identity theft is big business and handing over some of the info these bogus surveys ask for, will make you a victim of that business. If you have made the mistake of handing over a credit card number, you should call your bank or credit provider as soon as possible to have them remove or dispute the charges that have or maybe made to the card. If you’ve given your cell number to any of these types of Scams, it is important that you call your cell carrier ASAP to have any charges you may receive stopped. If you begin to receive unsolicited phone calls, you should take note of the calls, record names and numbers, then report the calls to the FCC or other proper authorities..

 
~MBK

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