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Marika Fruscio Scam Spreading Again on Facebook

Remember the earlier Facebook scam  related to Marika Fruscio Breasts on ? Well it looks like the scam has taken centerstage again and is rapidly spreading on Facebook.

Marika Fruscio Facebook Scam

The Italian journalist had an oops moment on live television in March. Though the video was genuine, several Facebook scammers began to use it to spam people’s timeline and make money for themselves while they asked users to complete surveys. The spam spread pretty rapidly and users fell for it too, you can read our entire coverage of the Marika Fruscio Scam on Facebook.

Now a similar spam is spreading on Facebook for the past few days with users clicking on the links shared by their friends and spreading it virally. This scam plays on a genuine video, but there have been a few fake one’s recently including the recently demised Ryan Dunn’s last words.

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. We also have a list of actively spreading scams on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.

Most Actively Spreading Facebook Scams

Facebook has always been the hottest platform for scammers to spread (scam) messages. In the past few days, we have revealed  several Facebook scams, however there are few such scams that are still active and rapidly spreading on Facebook despite of several warnings and blogs posts all over the Internet.

We’ve put together a list of some of the most active scams spreading on Facebook and what would happen if you click them.

Ryan Dunn’s LAST WORDS EXCLUSIVE Video

Ryan Dunn Scam

This is the latest scam that has been spreading. Ryan Dunn was an American reality television personality who was killed in a car accident on June 20, 2011.

The scam indicates that there is video showing Ryan Dunn’s last words. The Facebook scam asks users to complete surveys and promises to show the video in the end, but the video does not exist. The scam message is then posted on the user’s wall to spread across the user’s friends list.

You won’t beleive what she does!! Scam

What She Did Scam

This like-jacking scam has been there for quite a long time. The scam contain a YouTube link which when clicked, spreads on the user’s wall.

I Can’t Believe You Are In This Video Scam

The scam contains the user’s name along with a message which varies. The message states – “WTF [you-name] I can’t believe you’re in this video”, “ROFL I cant believe you’re tagged in this video”, “WTF!! [your-name] you should untag yourself from the video”, “OMG, I can’t believe you are tagged in this video”, “WTF!!!, why are you tagged in this video” and so on.

Upon clicking the the links, it will be automatically posted on your wall.

Marika Fruscio Spam

Marika Fruscio Scam

The scam started spreading on March 26th and it  is the most active scam ever reported.  The scam is about Marika Fruscio, an Italian journalist showing her breasts on Italian TV! There is actually a video on YouTube, but the link on Facebook is fake.

OMG Can’t Believe Justin Beiber Did This To A Girl Spam

The scam is about Justin Bieber abusing a girl, but the fact is that there is no such video about Justin Bieber doing anything to a girl. This scam will ask you to fill out surveys and then lead you to a video that does not exist. And just like any other scam, it automatically posts on your wall and likes it.

Girl Killed Herself After Dad Posted On Wall Scam

Girl Killed Herself After Dad Posted On Wall

The scam states that a girl committed suicide on Christmas eve after her dad posted on her Facebook wall.

Other Facebook Scams

Here are more Facebook scams that you should be aware of and avoid clicking them.

Osama Bin Death Video Scam

Enable Dislike’ Button Scam

OMG Look What This Kid Did To His School Scam

Young Teen From Egypt Commits SUICIDE Scam

See Who Has Viewed Your Profile Event Spam

How to Avoid Scams?

Follow one simple rule – Do not click on any links, especially on short URLs. If you’re curious to know where that short URL leads to, then copy-paste the URL on LongURL.org to reveal the original URL

An article posted by Clif Sipe explains how you can Avoid Facebook LikeJacking Scams and Facebook Chat-Jacking Scams

Ryan Dunn’s LAST WORDS – EXCLUSIVE Video Spam Spreading on Facebook

In a unfortunate and tragic incident, "JackAss" star Ryan Dunn was killed in a car accident. Though this incident is tragic, spammers are trying to lure people on by posting a new scam which is saying that it has "Ryan Dunn’s LAST WORDS – EXCLUSIVE!!" video. It also adds a warning saying that the video is for mature audiences only.

Ryan Dunn Last Words Facebook Scam

Spammers show no remorse for anyone, and they have used deaths of popular celebrities like Michael Jackson among others to scam unsuspecting people who would click on links out of curiosity or because of their love for an artist. This is pathetic behavior at best.

We have uncovered several such Facebook Scams in the past, which include sick videos of Miley Cyrus, showing what Justin Bieber did to a girl, OMG Look What This Kid Did To His SchoolOsama Bin Laden Dead Videos and Osama Bin Wikileaks Video among others.

The current Ryan Dunn’s video scam is a typical Facebook scam which asks users to complete surveys and does not show any video at all. They then post the offending message to the user’s wall and spread it to their friend. Please DO NOT click on those links.

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.

Twitter: Old Twitter Ending ‘Very, Very Soon,’ Switch To New Twitter

Everyone’s favorite micro-blogging  based social network, Twitter, is apparently in the final days of their old interface design. If you happen to be using #oldTwitter, then you have probably seen the warning below, which tells you that it will be ending ‘very, very soon.’

Twitter Warns of Switch To New Twitter

It appears that Twitter is getting ready to push all of its users to its new interface design, which it calls #newTwitter. Most of the Twitter user base has been using New Twitter for almost a year without much trouble. However, there are a loyal few who are outraged by Twitter’s attempt to push them into using the new design.

New Twitter Complaints

As you can see from the Tweets in the screen capture above, these Old Twitter loyalists are pretty dedicated. The question now is whether or not they will actually do anything in response to the switch. I find it hard to believe that any of them will leave Twitter because of the switch.

The transition to New Twitter doesn’t bother me. I have been using various Twitter clients for so long that I didn’t even know there was a #newTwitter until months after its release. I find that managing my accounts and lists in TweetDeck better suites my personal use.

What are your thoughts on #newTwitter? Are you a die hard fan of #oldTwitter? Are you like me, and use a  separate  Twitter client? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

New Virus ON FB Using Your Pictures, Facebook Tagging – Facebook Hoax

In the past, we have covered several Facebook Scams which have fooled users into clicking links of sick videos of Miley Cyrus,   showing what Justin Bieber did to a girl and more among other things (Read all Facebook Scams we have covered). This trend still continues to grow and now scammers are using Facebook events and Facebook chat to spread spam.

Facebook Scam Hoaxes

However, a new type of viral post is now doing the rounds of , which alerts users about a new virus on Facebook which is using your pictures to access sensitive information such as banking credentials, email accounts and more.

NEW VIRUS ON FB using YOUR pictures. It says you’ve been tagged in a picture, wants you to click on a link to see it. Then hacks into YOUR computer & ALL YOUR ACCOUNTS including BANKING & other secure accounts. It DESTROYS YOUR COMPUTER. Once hacked into your comp; it sends e-mails to your friends telling them they have been TAGGED in pics & starts the process again. PLEASE RE-POST

The message is spreading in the above form and lot of users are blindly re-posting it to their walls. The hoax in question seems to be related to Facebook photo tagging, which has already created a controversy. However, the alert is a hoax and a type of FUD which is used to scare people.

In the past, scammers have used photo tagging to spread spam, however, it is has been annoying at best and has not spread any deadly virus. Being cautious on Facebook is great, but over-doing it could lead to silly cases like these.

Rest assured, we try out best to alert users when a deadly scam is underway. Spreading messages like these will only create panic and not help anyone.

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.

Social Gaming Stats – Farmville Farmers Outnumber Real Farmers, 55% Gamers Female [Infographic]

Social Gaming is a huge fad and thanks to sites like and gaming companies like Zynga, social gaming has taken off in a very big way. Games like CityVille on Facebook are played by around 90 million users, while Farmville is played by over 43 million users.

20% of US population has played a game on a social networking site and more than 68 million Americans will be playing social games by 2012. What’s more interesting is the fact that 55% of social gamers are female, which goes on to show that women are more attracted towards casual games.

Another interesting stats about social gaming is that, much of the revenue of these companies actually come through the sale of virtual goods. These virtual goods can be purchased through in-app purchases, for example you can buy more seeds for your farm and so on.

Another interesting fact is that farmers on the virtual game Farmville out number real farmers in the United States by 80 to 1. Now only if they could put their farming skills to some use Smile. Interestingly, the infographic also notes that over 50% Facebook users sign in to their account just to play games. The amount of time they spend on the site is more than what they spend on several other top sites combined.

For more such interesting stats, check out the Infographic created by Single Grain below.

Social Gaming Stats

Official Facebook App for iPad Coming Soon

The was announced in January 2010, released in April 2010 and went on to become an instant hit. Over the past year and few months, Apple released the which included a new camera and several other new features.

iPad 2

There are tons of apps available for the device. However, the one that was missing was the official app for the device. Facebook literally did nothing about developing an official app for iPad for over 16 months, but if the NYT’s report is right, an official Facebook app will soon be available for the iPad.

Apple and Facebook have not been at good terms since Apple launched Ping and Facebook dissed them after which they signed up with Twitter. Facebook is also said to be developing something called as Project Spartan which will run in Apple’s iOS Safari browser, allowing developers to sell apps while they bypass the App Store. However, iPad and other tablets are still an important user base for Facebook who reportedly see anywhere between 10-25% of their users visiting through mobile devices including the iPad.

If Facebook wants to dominate these devices, they have to have a presence on it and this move definitely makes sense. already has an absolutely amazing app for the iPad and have even extended the same experience to their web interface. Facebook on the other hand are planning something big according to NYT sources.

One person who works with Facebook said Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive and founder, has been heavily invested in the process, overseeing design decisions and the app’s unique features.

People who have seen the application said it has a slick design that has been tailored for the iPad and its touchscreen interface. Facebook developers and designers have also overhauled the Facebook Chat and Facebook Groups features for the application. And the app will go beyond the features available on the Facebook Web site by allowing users to shoot and upload photos and videos directly from the iPad’s built-in cameras.

The photo and video experience is amazing, offering full resolution and full-screen images,said a person who has seen the app.

Since mobile phones have already been replacing point-and-shoot cameras and iPhone also set to become a serious photography tool with iOS 5, it was very important for Facebook to have access to those user photos on the iPad too. Apps like Instagram are a big hit, and Facebook is missing out on those user photos which make a big chunk of Facebook’s daily activities.

In addition to that Facebook will also penetrate a growing market which is set to be a big contender to desktops and laptops of the future. After all, we would want to travel with smaller devices rather than carry bulky one’s and if you are not present on those, it could harm your business.

Though there are currently no screenshots of the Facebook app for the iPad, we hope that an official announcement will be made in the next few days. Stay Tuned.

Don’t You Ever Kill Indian BullFrogs. And If You Must, Don’t Post It On Facebook Or Twitter

Weekends are often fun and ideal for relieving the stress accumulated during the week. Some folks turn to the beaches, hang out with friends, watch movies while a few of them try bizarre hobbies like Poaching.

One youth from India just ran into trouble due to his Poachingand social mediahabits.

indian-bullfrogEarlier today, an Indian resident named Yoko Gomes posted a message on Facebook saying he loves to kill Indian Bullfrogs and eating them is his hobby. Shortly after his message went viral on Facebook, cops and forest department officials raided his house only to find him missing, as he was already on his way to Mumbai.

The cops, paired with Goa forest department officials searched the house for evidence and found traces of cooked frog at his place. The officials are now questioning Yoko’s parents about the matter.

A local NGO network from Goa found Yoko’s Facebook status update and lodged a legal complaint with the forest department.

We had downloaded all the content from Facebook and attached it with the complaint,” Clinton Vaz, an activist of Wild Goa Network, said.

As it turns out, the bullfrog feast partywas squashed and the youth left his house in a hurry.

The Takeaway Lesson?

Facebook, Twitter and all these social sharing sites are great but there is a limit to everything. Posting each and every rant of yours online can get you into serious trouble.

You see, the Government is very serious with the IT regulations and online human behavior these days. Since the Internet is kind of a No Mans landand there is no rulebook, does not necessarily mean that you should go over the board and start posting everything, round the clock.

Some insane examples:

If I don’t get back my damaged laptop within a day, I will bomb XYZ companies headquarters Okay you said this biting your teeth in anger but the cops might take it seriously. And don’t expect them to be as tech savvy as you are, chances are that they won’t check your online reputation before sending someone to trace you out.

I am without power for three days, if this electricity company doesn’t fix things up…. I am going to kidnap the CEO’s daughter   Heh! You got 10 retweets but if the cops catch you, expect more bad mentions.

I hacked into this XYZ Government website this proves you are an amateur because a real hacker won’t ever reveal his identity.

Somewhere down the road, you have to draw a line to keep your online and offline life balanced. Your offline life is much more valuable than this virtual, always connected and ever expanding environment called Internet.

Don’t let the latter screw up the former.

About Indian Bullfrogs: Indian bullfrog are the largest specie of frogs found on the Indian subcontinent. It’s a protected specie and as per the wildlife rules and regulations of India, killing or poaching of frogs is a punishable offence.

[ Source: TOI, Photo credit ]

P.S: I don’t like Amphibians, they scare me away.

Twitter’s New Photo Sharing Feature Powered By Photobucket

It was expected that Twitter would launch its own photo sharing service, but surprisingly, Twitter has teamed up with Photobucket and have launched the new service. The service will allow users to upload and attach photos to Tweets directly from Twitter.com and its mobile apps.

Photobucket Corporation, the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing service, today announced that Photobucket will power Twitter’s native photo sharing capabilities allowing users to easily upload and share photos directly in Tweets. This partnership reflects the synergy between the companies’ growth strategies and audience needs, delivering a simple, intuitive user experience for photo sharing.

Twitter photo sharing with Photobucket

All photos uploaded, will be tagged “powered by Photobucket”, and will link to a page that allows users to create new accounts or sign in to their Photobucket accounts via Twitter.

Twitter also announced its new version of Twitter search. The updated version will not only deliver more relevant Tweets and trending topics, but related photos and videos as well.

Additionally, if you’re a Firefox user, then you can type a #hastag or @username into the address bar to go to Twitter’s search results page.

Press Release

Facebook To Launch Music Service

Facebook has partnered with Spotify and is planning to launch a music service. The service will allow Facebook users to listen songs with friends at the same time. It is expected to launch in two weeks time.

Spotify

The integrated service is currently going through testing phase. Once launched, Facebook users will see a Spotify icon appear on the left side of their newsfeed, along with the usual icons. By clicking on the Spotify icon, the service will be installed on the users’ desktop and will grant access to millions of songs in Spotify’s library.

The service is currently unnamed. It may be called as “Facebook Music” and will be available only in those countries where Spotify is supported. Bad news for folks in US.

Spotify is already integrated with Facebook Connect, allowing users to see what their Facebook friends are listening to and share playlists and recommend songs. It is said that the new service will allow users listen to music with friends at the same time.

If Facebook launches this service, Spotify will eventually increase its user-base and the service could possibly be a competitor to Google Music.

(via Forbes )