A rogue application scam link has been spreading like wildfire on Facebook. The scam titled WOAH! my profile was viewed 51 times JUST TODAY, and I can see that I have quite a few stalkers LOL! Find out yours here [link]- It has shortened bit.ly link, which redirects you to a Facebook application login screen.
Clicking the short link will take you to the following Facebook login screen where you are asked to click on the “Log In” button.
After clicking the “Log In” button you will be taken to the Facebook application permissions page. The application here is requesting your permission to post or update status messages, notes, photos, and videos on your behalf. It also allows the app to access your personal information even when you’re not using the application.
This will enable the scammers to access your data any time and also allow them to post updates to all your friends. If you come across the application called “App11″, then it is recommended that you avoid giving access to the app. Similar apps like “App12″, “App13″, and “App14″ are also used to perform the above specified tasks.
It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.
With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been a 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.
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 Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.