Beware of Facebook Chat-Jacking Scams

  • haha wow, have you seen this pic you were tagged in yet? LOL
  • Hey, I just made a photoshop of you
  • funny, have you seen this pic you are tagged in! wow lmao
  • OMG Did You See This Picture and Video you were tagged in?
  • Wow, have you seen this video you were tagged in yet?
  • Hi there, i just tagged you in this pic bit.ly :D:D Let me know if you like it its super sexy
  • Ha, Ha, Ha, have you seen the picture you were just tagged in?
  • have you seen this picture of u??
  • I have your video click here
  • Have you seen this click here to find out
  • omg haha have you seen this photo u got tagged in LOL
  • Hi there, i just tagged you in this pic

There will usually be a short URL with the message. Once you click it, you’ll be asked to authorize a Facebook App.

If you allow the app, next you’ll be taken to a page that tells you to complete a survey before you can see the picture or video that they told you about.

Where’s the Scam?

Surveys are the payday for the scammers.  The surveys provide private information that can be sold. The scammers get paid for every person who fills out a survey. In addition, the survey pages may ask you to download games or other files onto your computer. These could infect your PC with a virus, trojan or other malware.

Whether or not you ever get to see the picture you wanted to see is beside the point. As soon as you clicked the “Allow” button, something even worse was happening behind your back. ┬áThis app wanted access to your basic information, but it also wanted access to your Facebook Chat. You allowed the app to post messages in your name, and that’s just what it does. It spams your friends with the same messages that we saw above. This is how these scams spread like a wild fire through Facebook.

What should you do?

In case nobody ever told you, when it comes to Facebook Apps, it’s best to JUST SAY NO, and click the “Don’t Allow” button. There’s also a browser addon called WOT, that can help you stay safer in Facebook and Twitter. A little knowledge and a dose of suspicion are your best defenses. Be sure to read about the LikeJacking scams as well.

[Credit to FaceCrooks and other Scam Warning sites for this information]


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