Resurgence of Facebook Survey Scams: Sophos

There is one inherent flaw with Facebook model: it encourages users to readily trust third-party applications without giving any thought to their data security, allowing apps access to post messages and access data from Facebook their profiles.

This encouarges spammers and phishers, making Facebook constantly face their malicious attacks.

Acknowleding this inherent nature of Facebook, security firm Sophos, has reported a resurgence in survey scams recently -- "Girl killed herself" being the latest to spread through the social network.

A typical scam message on Facebook looks like this, says Sophos:

1) "OMG this girl KILLED herself after her dad posted on her wall: LINK"

2) "Amazing how such a harmless prank could cause something so bad!" LINK"

3) "OMG OMG OMG...I cant believe this actually works! Now you really can see who viewed your profile! LINK"

Modus Operandi: According to Sophos, just clicking on the link that is enclosed in these sensational messages takes scammers one step closer to access a user’s Facebook profile and friends list. And once the user allows such fraudulent messages access their profile, the application spreads through the user’s network of friends.

What to do if already given access to some scam message: check the video below to see how to delete them.


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