Scam Signature Message: NEW: Introducing Facebook Digits! – wow just got my new facebook digit number, go activate yours and call me!
Scam Type: Survey Scam
Trending: May 2011
Why it’s a Scam:
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are taken to the following page:
This snazzy looking page uses a common ploy we are seeing in Facebook scams these days. You are asked to copy the code shown in the box, navigate to Facebook and then paste the code directly into your browser. Never, ever do this! You bypass basic security protocals of your web browser and some anti-virus software protections. You leave your system totally vulnerable to the creators of the code! If you unknowingly follow their instructions, you will be spamming the scam message via your Newsfeed and also on the wall of your Facebook friends. The following survey scam is also loaded:
Never complete surveys to unlock videos or other content on Facebook. Scammers use these tricks to either spread malware, obtain personal identification or earn commissions from marketing companies. Don’t pad their pocket and possibly open yourself up to harm!
If you did fall victim to this scam, then you should clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the application (click the “x” in the top right hand corner of the post). Also warn your friends to ignore any posts that might appear on their wall.
Some of the surveys require you to download files to your computer. Never do this! If you did so in error, then run a complete system scan with a good anti-virus software program. The I.Q. Quiz scam has been around for a while, and it typically requires you to enter your cell phone number to receive the results. The scammers then bill you for premium services. Keep an eye on your phone bill for bogus charges.
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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