Facebook Profile Viewer – Who Viewed Your Profile Scam

Although the social media giant Facebook has taken measures to eradicate spam and hoax messages from its site, spam messages are continuing to galore as may users are falling for tricks set by hackers and spammers in an aim to steal user information.

Today, I noticed yet another scam message spreading across Facebook. The new scam tricks users into installing a rogue Facebook application, promising them to show the list of users who viewed their profile.

Although this particular scam has been reported earlier a several times, with users being warned not to click on such messages, yet users continue clicking it and install the Facebook app. The new variant is very much similar to previous scam messages, and attempts to steal personal information from tricked Facebook users.

Did you know? 14 million Facebook Accounts are used to spread spam messages.

The new scam is spreading with the title Facebook Profile Viewer containing the following messages:

Yes! I can’t believe that you can see who is viewing your profile! I just saw my top profile viewers and I am SHOCKED from who are viewing my profile! You can also see WHO VIEWED YOUR PROFILE [link]

WOW I just saw my top 10 profile VIEWERS. You can now see who’s been stalking at your profile for real! You can easily check who’s spying on you at [link]

My total profile views today:

Male Viewers: 31
Female Viewers: 64
See your total views and who is viewing you here: [link]

Facebook Profile Viewer Scam

Clicking the scam will take you to the Facebook app installation page, where you are asked to grant permissions to the rogue app to post updates on your behalf and also access your information on Facebook. Providing access will put your Facebook account at high risk as scammers might try to hack it and steal all your information.

The app looks like just any other Facebook app and will ask for your permissions before taking you to a page where they will ask you to complete a survey before you can see “Who’s viewing your Facebook Profile”. However, once you complete the survey it will only make money for the scammers and not show you the information you are looking for.

Here is a list of previously reported similar scam messages spreading on Facebook:

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Last week, Facebook announced the launch of [email protected], an email address available to the public to report phishing attempts against Facebook.

With over 955 million monthly active users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with thelatest scams spreading on Facebook.

Google Celebrates India’s 65th Independence

India is celebrating its 65th Independence Day (66th if you count 15th August 1947 as the first Independence) to mark its independence from the British rule. On this occasion, Google India is celebrating the Independence Day with a colorful doodle on its home page, which on mouse over will greet you with a message, “Indian Independence Day”.

The India Independence Day Google doodle features a peacock with a large colorful plume tail. The peacock in the doodle forms the letter ‘G’ of the Google logo, while the remaining letters of Google logo are seen designed in yellow ochre-blue color.

India Independence 2012 Google Doodle

Google has been celebrating India Independence Day with a doodle on its home page every year since 2003, where most of the doodles featured the Indian national flag. However, the 2011 and 2012 doodles were quite different as Google created the doodles by featuring the Indian national symbols in place of the Tricolour. If you remember, the 2011 Google doodle was a sketch of Delhi’s Red Fort.

Independence Day, Republic Day on 26 January, and Mohandas Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October are the three important national holidays observed in all the states of India, including the union territories. A day before the Independence Day, the President of India delivers the “Address to the Nation”, which is televised across the country. On 15 August every year, the Prime Minister of India hoists the Indian flag on the ramparts of the historical site Red Fort in Delhi.

Along with India, three other countries celebrate their Independence Day on August 15 – Bahrain, South Korea and Republic of the Congo.

Happy Birthday India.

Facebook Adds “Expecting a Baby” Life Event

In addition to the getting engaged, or adopting a new pet “Life Events”, Facebook has added yet another event to the list called “Expecting a Baby” in Family and Relationships section on Timeline, where expectant parents can share their baby’s due date along with whether it’s a boy or a girl.

“Life Events are easy and expressive ways to mark significant moments in your life such as getting married, buying a house or traveling to new places,” according to a Facebook blog post. “If you choose to, you can now share that you are expecting a baby with your friends on Facebook.”

The “Expecting a Baby” feature allows you to add details like who the other parent is, a location, and a brief story that you’d like to share with your friends. You are also provided with an option to add a photo, so your friends on Facebook may start seeing more pictures of ultrasounds and pregnant bellies on their news feed or on your Timeline.

Expecting a Baby Life Event

If you’re expecting a baby, you should share the happy news with your friends and relatives on Facebook. In order to do so, simply go to your Timeline and click on the “Life Event” option from the sharing tool. From there, click on “Family & Relationships” and select “Expecting a Baby.” Add the necessary details that you want to share before clicking the Save button.

The happy baby announcement will appear on your friends Facebook news feed page in the Celebrations section, located in the Expecting a Baby Facebook Notificationupper-right corner where birthdays appear.

If you’re not using Facebook’s new Timeline layout, you will not be able to take advantage of this feature. Life Events is one of the many features that Facebook Timeline offers in which users can express there happy moments in their lives such as getting married or engaged, or moving to a new city. The new addition to the Life Events list “Expecting a Baby” began rolling out yesterday, and will available to all Facebook users in a couple of days.

Also Read: Your Next Login to Facebook Might Leave You Surprised

Facebook has also revamped the Events feature with the new calendar and list view that highlights a list of current and upcoming events. However, the engagement and marriage events won’t be listed or added to the calendar view.

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Send Real Postcards with “Mail a Postcard” Facebook Feature

Facebook continues to test new features for its social networking site, as reports around the Web indicate that a new “Mail a Postcard” feature is under progress, and maybe  made available to all users in near future.

The new Mail a Postcard feature that Facebook is currently testing enables users to send real postcards to friends with any of your pictures included on it. The service is powered by Sincerely, the company behind the popular app service called Postagram that allows app users to send real greeting cards to friends and family on every special occasion. Additionally, you can include a small message in the post card along with the picture.

Facebook Mail a Postcard

Just like any other recently added Facebook features, the Mail a Postcard feature was also made possible in the hackathon project. It will be made available to a random set of Facebook users at first, and Facebook will monitor if the selected users buy any postcards. If successful, the feature will be rolled out all users on Facebook.

Of course this isn’t going to be a free service. The user will be charged a fee, but Facebook hasn’t discussed any pricing details yet. However, we expect that the price will be close to $0.99.This, on the other hand, will garner Facebook more profit through the increased interaction with photos by setting a high advertising value for ads alongside photos on the site. Additionally, Facebook will also profit from the selling of the postcards and prints.

How to Use “Mail a Postcard”?

If you’re one among the lucky limited group trail, you can go ahead and try out the new feature. Go to your photos page and select any photo. Right under the photo you are viewing, you will notice a “Mail Postcard” button. Clicking it will open the postcard screen, in which you are asked to enter the necessary fields, including the recipient’s address. After you’ve finished entering the details and selecting the appropriate payment option, click on send button. Your order will be placed and your card will go into the production process. Thereafter it will be snail mailed to the recipient.

Facebook Mail a Postcard

A Facebook spokesperson said the following regarding the new feature:

“A few months ago, some engineers built a fun feature that allows people to mail their Facebook photos as a physical postcard to any of their friends on Facebook. You can send your own photos to any of your friends or your friends’ photo to them. The front will be the photo and the back you can add a note for your friend, just like a normal postcard.”

Facebook Announces [email protected] to Report Phishing Attempts

Thanks to Gmail and its wonderful spam evaluating tool running behind it, our life on this virtual planet has been saved from over thousands of phishing emails coming in from bogus email ids claiming to be actually from sites like Facebook, PayPal, and many others. Yet, users on Facebook are not spared as they are directly targeted from the social network itself with the help of spam messages and rogue applications invites sent via Facebook Messages.

Recently, the social media giant Facebook filed new documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which in fact revealed that 955 million users, 8.7 percent of Facebook profiles were a fake, and nearly 14 million accounts were used only to spread spam messages.

This has not only resulted in a spammy network, but also has given hackers and spammers the best way to compromise Facebook accounts and steal user information. Many users who are tricked into clicking on spam links, often tend to fall for the trap and end up Phishing Emailsharing their personal information with the spammers. This has been a serious issue from the past two years, and Facebook has made several attempts to create awareness amongst users.

In another attempt, the social media giant is taking its next steps to eradicate spammers and phishing messages from the network. With this, the company announced the launch of [email protected], an email address available to the public to report phishing attempts against Facebook. Anyone – even those who aren’t on Facebook – can use it to report malicious emails that pretend to come from Facebook.

How is this going to help?

Facebook says, “By providing Facebook with reports, we can investigate and request for browser blacklisting and site takedowns where appropriate. We will then work with our eCrime team to ensure we hold bad actors accountable. Additionally, in some cases, we’ll be able to identify victims, and secure their accounts.”

Additionally, Mark Hammel, a Facebook engineer, says, “We have a pretty robust team here to deal with bad actors. This will give us extra visibility into people’s e-mail inboxes, where there wasn’t a good feedback mechanism in place.”

In a note on the Facebook Security page announcing the launch of [email protected], the company has provided some helpful tips from the APWG on how to recognize potential phishing emails:

  • Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for login or financial information, and remember, unless the email is digitally signed, you can’t be sure it wasn’t forged or “spoofed.”
  • Don’t use the links in an email, instant message, or chat to get to any Web page if you suspect that the message might not be authentic or you don’t trust the sender. Instead, navigate to the website directly.

As a Facebook user, it is advised that you make use of this email id to report any suspicious email or Facebook message that you receive, even if it comes from a friend on Facebook. Chances are that your friend’s account might have be compromised and the hacker is trying to obtain information from you to hack your account as well.

The best practise I would suggest you to follow is to ignore any emails or requests that you get, asking you to share your personal information, such as username, password or bank details. However, it would be really helpful for Facebook if you can alert them about the attack using the new email address, which could help others from falling for the trap.

Also, be sure to create awareness about the new email id. Do share this post with your friends and let them know on how to identify potential Facebook phishing emails.

Google Football Doodle London 2012 – Day 15 Olympics

Day 15 of the Olympic Google Doodle is already here. Although the doodle will go live on Google’s home page after the clock strikes twelve, you can go ahead and play the next doodle here, and try your best with the scores.

Today’s London 2012 Day 15 Google Doodle is all about Football (Soccer). The latest Google doodle wants you to save some goals for your country, and more the number of goals you save, the better your points will be and the higher number of stars you will be awarded.

Google Football Doodle Day 15 Olympics

Google London 2012 Football Doodle features a goalkeeper in a blue shirt which lets you to save the goals as your opponent in the red shirt tries to score goals. The opponent has 5 footballs, and tries to shoot the balls one after the other.

London 2012 Google Football Doodle: How to Play?

Playing the football Google doodle is quite simple. All you need to do is click on the play button to start the game. You being the goalkeeper, the aim is to save as many goals as possible, as the player on the other end starts shooting the ball in random directions.

You can use the left and right arrow keys to move the goalkeeper in left and right directions respectively. Alternatively, you can control the keeper with your mouse, which is a lot easier than the arrow keys. To save a goal, you can press the space bar, or click the left mouse button, which will help you block the ball. However, if the ball is shot at ground level, simply block the ball by moving the player toward the ball’s direction.

For every goal saved, you will be awarded one point; however, for every goal that you’re unable to save, you get a “X” mark indicating that you’ve lost a chance. If you get three “X” on the top left counter, that’s the end of the game.

London 2012 Google Doodle: How to Get Three Stars?

To get three stars, try to block as many goals as possible. You get three stars if you save around 45 goals, or more. You will be awarded two stars if you save 10 or more goals and one star if the goals saved are below 10.

Note: After you’ve crossed 20 points, the opponent starts shooting the ball a little faster, making it harder and confusing to stop the goals.

This is the fourth interactive Olympic Google Doodle. If you missed the other three — Hurdles, Basketball, and Slalom Canoe Google Doodle Game, you can go here and play them.

Robert Pattinson Dies in Car Accident Facebook Hoax

Rumors about the death of the Twilight star Robert Pattinson have been circulating on Twitter and Facebook over the last few days. With the recent shocking news about Robert’s long-time girlfriend Kristen Stewart had cheated on him, rumor states that Pattinson died due to emotional stress, and was found lying in a pool of blood in his bathtub.

The rumor noticed on Facebook is as follows:

Robert Pattinson of TWILIGHT Died becuase nervous breakdown due of emotional stress. They found him lying on his bath tub along with blood. Police are now investigating. Watch the video on how the neighbors save ROBERT PATTINSON (18yrs & above) ->> [LINK]

The link provided in the message takes you to a Facebook application page, where you are asked to grant permission for the app to access your personal information and also post updates on your behalf. Clicking the “Allow” button will provide the scammer to post Wall updates on your Facebook profile, and spam your friends’ news feed. It is recommended that you avoid clicking on the link.

A similar rumor is spreading about the death of Robert Pattinson, but this one provides a different cause of death. It states that Pattinson died in a single car accident on route 80 between Morrisville and Roswell.

 “Very sad news, especially for all the Twilight fans, Robert Pattinson died in a single car accident on route 80 between Morrisville and Roswell. He died on July 29, 2012, at the age of 26…. Friends and family are mourning the loss of a loved one.”

Death hoax about celebrities are nothing new, and Pattinson is not the first actor to fall victim to such a hoax. In the recent past, there have been several such death hoax messages spreading on Facebook and Twitter, which included Arnold SchwarzeneggerKeanu Reeves and Mickey Rourke.

You can read about our earlier articles on how to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Also don’t forget to bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams and subscribe to our Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

London 2012 Slalom Canoe Google Doodle Game

As expected, we have another Google doodle today, and there’s no time to rest your fingers. Today, Google presents the London 2012 Slalom Canoe Game, also known as White-water slalom, where the main goal is to navigate a decked canoe through a course of hanging gates on river rapids in the best time possible.

Canoe Slalom made its debut at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games. However, it wasn’t considered a regular Olympic sport until Barcelona 1992. In this sport, the athletes negotiate a 250 metre white water course, flowing at a rate of 13 cubic metres per second, and dropping 5.5m from start to finish.

Over the last two days, Google has creatively come up with two interactive doodle, which were not only exciting to play, but has also provided users the best killer way to pass time. Google presented the first Olympic interactive doodle, which was based on the Hurdles race that certainly kept us hooked for quite some time. And last night, Google came up with the Basketball shooting hoops doodle.

Google Doodle London 2012 Canoe Game

The search engine giant continues to present its interactive and addictive doodles on its home page. In today’s London 2012 Slalom Canoe Google doodle game, all you need to do is navigate through the water channel, avoiding small hurdles in-between, and make it to the finish line in the best possible time.

How to play London 2012 Slalom Canoe Google Doodle Game?

Visit the Google homepage and click on the play button. When you’re all set to go, press the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard repeatedly to control the canoe as well as to increase the speed. You need to navigate the canoe through the hanging gates in order to fetch more points or stars. If you fail to pass through the gates, extra seconds are added to your final time as penalty.

Also, you need to avoid small hurdles that you come across, which not only slows down the canoe, but also damages it, with cracks appearing on it from the front. The goal — try completing the lap as fast as possible.

Shootin’ Hoops – London 2012 Basketball Google Doodle Game

Yesterday’s Google Doodle was a massive hit. Many Internet users spent hours together to win three stars and get the best time in completing the 110-meter hurdles. Today, Google has added yet another interactive doodle on its homepage, and it looks like Google will be publishing more interactive doodles in the next few days.

Today’s doodle is a basketball game (shooting hoops), which is published in order to celebrate the upcoming men’s basketball quarterfinal games in the London Olympics 2012. This is the thirteenth doodle, and the second interactive doodle, posted by Google during the ongoing London 2012 Olympics.

Google Doodle London 2012 Basketball

How to Play the London 2012 Google Doodle Basketball Game

In the Basketball Google Doodle, you need to aim and shoot as many basketballs into the hoops as possible in under 24 seconds. The controls are quite simple. You need to use the space bar key to set the shot, and pressing it again will shoot the ball towards the basket. You can also make use of mouse buttons to click and shoot. For best results, give a break between each click, or if you’re using space bar, the longer you hold space bar the further he throws.

When you reach 8 points, you will notice that the player moves far from the basket. This happens again when you reach 18 points. As the player continues to move back and reaches the three-pointer position, every successful basket thereafter will be awarded three points.

This is currently the best way to waste your time. Make sure you don’t get caught while playing during office hours ;) Go ahead and try your best, and don’t forget to mention your score below.

Watch this video to see how you can try scoring 39 points:

Best Olympic Google Doodle – London 2012 Hurdles

Not everyone gets a chance to take a part in the Olympics, however, Google is giving Internet users a chance to take part in the 100-meter hurdles, but with a Google Doodle. All you need is a strong keyboard and fast moving legs fingers!

Today’s doodle is the best Olympic Google Doodle ever made. The London 2012 Hurdles doodle is an interactive doodle game in which you can take part in the 100-meter hurdles game, and try to cross the finish line in the best possible time, or beat the actual Olympic record of 12.21 seconds set by Donkova Yordanka from Bulgaria on 20 August, 1988.

Google Doodle London 2012 Hurdles

However, if you’re male, you need to catch up with Robles Dayron of Czech Republic, and beat his 110-meter hurdles records set at 12.87 seconds.

How to Play the London 2012 Hurdles Google Doodle Game

The game rules are pretty easy. Like I said, you only need a strong keyboard and fast fingers. Once you click on the play button, you will need to use your left and right arrows to determine the speed at which the athlete is running. That is, start pressing the left, right arrows keys as fast as possible to make the athlete run faster. However, you need to be careful while jumping the hurdles. To jump, simply press the up arrow key or the space bar.

At the end, the doodle displays the total time taken to reach the finish line. If your score is well below 12.21 seconds, you will get three stars, which otherwise is considered as a Gold medal. If not, you will be awarded two stars (Silver) and three stars (Bronze) depending on your score.

The athlete in the doodle was featured in the Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony Google Doodle.

Also Read: Watch the 2012 London Olympics Online

Here is the list of current record holders in:

Women’s 100-meter hurdles:



Wind (m/s)


Date and place

WR12.21+0.7 DONKOVA Yordanka20 Aug 1988 – Stara Zagora (BUL)
OR12.37+1.5 HAYES Joanna24 Aug 2004 – Athens (GRE)
AF12.44+0.4 ALOZIE Glory8 Aug 1998 – Monte Carlo (MON)
AS12.44-0.8 SHISHIGINA Olga27 Jun 1995 – Lucerne (SUI)
EU12.21+0.7 DONKOVA Yordanka20 Aug 1988 – Stara Zagora (BUL)
NA12.33-0.3 DEVERS Gail23 Jul 2000 – Sacramento, CA (USA)
OC12.28+1.1 PEARSON Sally3 Sep 2011 – Daegu (KOR)
SA12.71+0.1 MAGGI Maurren Higa19 May 2001 – Manaus (BRA)

Men’s 110-meter Hurdles Records:



Wind (m/s)


Date and place

WR12.87+0.9 ROBLES Dayron12 Jun 2008 – Ostrava (CZE)
OR12.91+0.3 LIU Xiang27 Aug 2004 – Athens (GRE)
AF13.26+1.4 BOWNES Shaun14 Jul 2001 – Heusden-Zolder (BEL)
AS12.88+1.1 LIU Xiang11 Jul 2006 – Lausanne (SUI)
EU12.91+0.5 JACKSON Colin20 Aug 1993 – Stuttgart (GER)
NA12.87+0.9 ROBLES Dayron12 Jun 2008 – Ostrava (CZE)
OC13.29+0.6 vander-KUYP Kyle11 Aug 1995 – Gothenburg (SWE)
SA13.27+1.6 VILLAR Paulo28 Oct 2011 – Guadalajara (MEX)