It was months back when users on Facebook were annoyed at scam messages spreading on their news feed. Today, scam messages have become a routine part of the user on the social network. We have seen several scams in the last few days, and despite Facebook having taken several actions like launching an official Facebook Security guide and partnering with web security firm – WebSense, there hasn’t been any decline in the number of scam messages.
The latest scam that we noticed on Facebook is a link to a website that claims to show how many times someone has viewed your Facebook profile. It also claims to show how much time a user has spent on Facebook. The message spreading is titled – “Click here to see how many times YOUR profile was viewed…” is a scam message, and it is recommended that you avoid clicking or “sharing” the post with your friends.
A similar message that was spreading on Facebook earlier in April was the “See Who Has Viewed Your Profile” scam, which had attracted many users to click on it. We had mentioned that there is no such way of finding out who viewed your profile or how many unique visitors your profile had.
Similarly, the above mentioned message is a scam and it does not show how many users have visited your Facebook profile. Clicking on the scam link will take you to a bogus page where the title of the page states – Profile Spy – See who views your Facebook Profile!.
The page asks you to complete the following steps – like, shareand posta message on your friends wall. After having completed the mentioned steps, you are asked to click on the “click here” button. Clicking it will always display the message “Sorry, you have not finished making the posts”, no matter what. However, the fourth step indicates that you can click another link if you do not wish to post the message. Clicking the link will redirect you another bogus page where you are asked to complete a set of online surveys.
Scammers usually create fake messages like this to drive traffic to their website or get users to complete online surveys. Getting users to complete surveys will fetch the scammers’ some money. Sometimes, you are asked to enter your personal information and credentials. Entering your details is risky as scammers might sell them to third party organizations or exploit them.
It is always recommended that you avoid clicking on scam messages. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. 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.
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