Facebook with over 950 million users has always been the target to spread bogus links and scam messages. Scammers have also created Facebook apps that help them to spread scam messages across the social networking site.
In order to trick users, scammers design web pages that look similar to a Facebook page by using the same combination of colors and fonts that Facebook uses. We found once such website called “WhatsAppDude,” which has been tricking users into using fake Facebook apps and try to collect user information in the background without the user’s knowledge.
The site also uses the sub-domain fb. whatsappdude.com in order to make it appear as a real Facebook application site. Some of the fake apps that we found on the website are:
- Find your mental age
- Find what Google says about you?
- Find your funny death forecast.
- What your birthday says about your career?
- What does your eye color say about you?
- How old do you look?
- Find your true love’s name
- Fool my friend
Surprisingly, none of these apps are actually served by Facebook as they are hosted by a third-party web server. When you try to use these apps, you are asked to connect it with you Facebook profile. The app named “whatsappdude” will be asked to grant permissions to access your information on Facebook, including your personal details, and also post updates on your behalf.
Granting the app with these permissions will spam your Timeline with scam messages, which in turn may trick your Facebook friends.
According to WOT’s Scorecard, it is know that the site has a poor reputation:
WOT’s reputation ratings are based on real user ratings and they tell you how much other users trust this site.
The site “whatsappdude” is highly not recommended, and in case you have visited the site and granted permissions to the app to use your Facebook details, we advise you to immediately revoke its access. In order to do so, go to your Facebook Account Settings and click on the “App” option on the left menu. Click on the “x” mark on the right-hand side of the app, and confirm that you want to stop using it. You can also delete all the app activity since the time of its installation.
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