Facebook SCAM ALERT – Rogue Application – What Is The Most Sexy Thing About You.


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Scam Message:
What is the most sexy thing about you? Dont be shy…Find out yours here…like I found out——–> ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ [Link] 

Scam Type:
Novelty Entertainment Bait, Rogue Application, Survey Scam, Profile Information Theft

What Makes It A Scam:

Facebook users are tricked into installing a novelty application for fun. The Application abuses the permission given to it by posting to the users wall without their knowledge. While the application is doing that the user is re-directed to fake content areas and told they must complete Surveys as a Security or Identity Check.
What Happens If I Believe The Scam:
If you fall for the ploy and click the link given in the scam message on Facebook, you will be tricked into giving a Rogue Facebook Application permission to post to your wall without your knowledge. While it’s doing that, it also takes some time to 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 and possibly storing all that information from your profile and re-posting the same or similar novelty bait message to your friends, behind your back, you are led to another Facebook page and told you must complete a survey or offer to pass into the “Hidden Content Area“. The fake surveys or offers net Scam Artists 1 to 3 dollars per survey completed. The process is a fraud. There is no hidden content. 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

How Could I have Known It Was A Scam:
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.

What Can I Do To Protect Myself 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..

I Fell For It – How Do I Clean Up The Mess:

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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