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Robert Pattinson of TWILIGHT Died becuase nervous breakdown due of emotional stress – Facebook Scam

08
Aug
2012

Scam  Message:

Robert Pattinson of TWILIGHT Died becuase nervous breakdown due of emotional stress. They found him laying on his bath tub along with blood. Police are now investigating. Watch the video on how the neighbors save ROBERT PATTINSON (18yrs & above) ->> http://apps.facebook.com/t****/

Scam Type:  Rogue Application, Survey Scam

Trending: August 2012

Why it’s a Scam:

Clicking the wall post link takes you to the following Facebook application installation screen:

Going to the ‘App’, also requests permission to post on your behalf and to have access to your photos.

Clicking “Allow” will give the permissions shown above to the scammer.  This will allow them to spam their scam messages to all of your friends. Do you really want to let an unknown (scam) developer have this much access to your Facebook information? These scams are known to use multiple Facebook apps to spread virally across Facebook.

Anytime you install a third party Facebook application, you give the application developer access to your personal data. Always be very selective on the apps you install, and only install them from well-known, trusted sources.

Continuing on with the installation redirects you to the following survey scam:

It is never a good idea to complete surveys like this on Facebook. You won’t get to see the video, and the scammers will have more of your private information that they can use against you.

We recommend that users insall BitDefender Safego, a Facebook application that will scan your News Feed and help keep you safe from scams like this.

How to Deal with the Scam:

If you did make the mistake of  installing the rogue application you are now spamming the very same spam message to your friends. Clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the scam. (click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post).

You also need to remove the app from your Facebook account. Click the down triangle->Account Settings->Apps to remove this and other rogue applications.

If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats. Be sure to join the Facecrooks page on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security issues.

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