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.

I Can’t Believe You Are In This Video [Facebook Scam Warning]

A new Facebook scam is spreading across the site. This time the scam takes a more personalized approach with wall posts that contain a user’s name with a message which varies.

Facebook Scams

The scam is spreading with messages like "WTF [name] I can’t believe you’re in this video", "ROFL I cant believe you’re tagged in this video", "WTF!! [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.

The messages in the wall post may vary and clicking on those links will lead you to spread the infection to your friends too. Please do not click on those links as it will spread the virus to your friends too.

This is definitely a new approach taken by scamsters where they are personally targeting people. In the past, they have used such scam messages to entice users to click on videos for popular celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and more recently the infamous Osama Bin Laden Censored Video scam.

Facebook scams play on two very important traits of the generic Facebook user:-

  1. Their vanity (since they are on a service that asks them to put up their beautiful faces on a book for everyone to see)
  2. Their primal instinct to click things that either deride, complement or supplement their vanity with curiosity.

It is the perfect formula for success. Earlier it was a video about some kid who had summoned the Old Gods to his school (or something else, but it was titled very specifically as "OMG Look What This Kid Did To His School" so I am assuming it was either this or setting it on fire and my money is on the more sinister one.) youtubevid The current scam is a link to [surprise!] a videofrom a friend on Facebook who has apparently seen a video of you on YouTube that either has you looking stupid or has you doing such a fantastic and unthinkable act that said friend cannot  believe that you are "tagged" in such a video.

It is very silly since one cannot be tagged in a YouTube video, and sillier because- no, it cannot possibly get sillier than that. If a user clicks on this link it [probably, since I have no tested this] asks them for access of their entire profile, including friends list and what not. Then the script launches into the entire friend list and links this "video" on each friend’s wall.

The cleverest part of this scam is that it includes the first name of the to-be-victim in the most generic way. Very sneaky. Also incredibly annoying.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do that, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

(Additional Reporting  by Kaushik Narasimhan)

OMG Look What This Kid Did To His School Facebook Scam Spreading

A new Facebook scam is rapidly spreading on the social networking site with the message “OMG.. Look What THIS Kid Did to His School After Being Expelled! WARNING: Graphic Content!”

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The new scam uses a similar tactic used earlier by scammers on where they add a update with a video enticing the user to click through to watch it (For eg, Justin Bieber video scam, Miley Cyrus video scam). Once a user has clicked on the link, they will infect the account and post a message on the user’s wall while asking them to complete surveys to watch the video.

Completing the survey makes the scammers some money, however, in the end you won’t be able to watch any video at all. It is always wise to stay away from such enticing updates as more likely than not, it is a scam.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do that, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Osama Dead – Censored Video Leaked Wikileaks Video Facebook Spam

Yesterday, a Facebook scam was spreading across about a Shocking NEW VIDEO of Osama Bin Laden’s DEATH!!!. The video was obviously fake but it spread wildly across .

Osama Bin Laden Wikileaks Video Scam

Today morning, a new kind of scam is spreading on Facebook where another fake Osama Bin Laden video is being circulated on Facebook. The new spam is spreading with the text; "Watch the Osama Shoot Down video – Osama Dead – Censored Video Leaked – Osama is dead, watch this exclusive CNN video which was censored by Obama Administration due to level of violence, a must watch. Leaked by Wikileaks."

Osama Bin Laden Death Video Fan Page

The scammers are using the name of the whistle blowing organization; , to make people think that the video is genuine. However, the video is a scam. Clicking on the link will take you to a fan page (which is being liked by more than 45K people right now) and ask you to complete a new 5 second security check before you can watch the video.

However, following the steps listed does nothing and the fan page will instead post a message to your wall and your friends with a link to the fan page. This Facebook scam is a bit different from yesterday as it does not ask users to fill out stupid surveys, but once this gets widespread it could exploit users differently.

Please be aware that this scam is also spreading under various other links including "Osama Bin Laden Execution Video", "Aljazira Newz – Ossama Biin Ladden Raid Video Scam" and "Shocking NEW VIDEO of Osama Bin Ladens DEATH!!!" among others. Do not click any link that claims to show you Osama Bin Laden’s videos or pictures, it is all a sham. I believe that this scam might be spreading in various other ways too and might go on for next few weeks.

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.

Osama Bin Death Video Scam Spreading on Facebook

Yesterday marked a big day in world history where the FBIs most wanted terrorist was killed in a US attack. However, it looks like several scammers are now taking advantage of the situation and spreading fake videos on about Osama Bin Laden’s death.

Osama Bin Laden Death Video Facebook Scam

Naked Security is reporting that the new Facebook scam is spreading virally with the message "Shocking NEW VIDEO of Osama Bin Ladens DEATH!!!". The message claims that it has access to banned video footage of Osama Bin Lanen’s death.

This scam is similar to the recent Justin Bieber scam, Miley Cyrus scam, teen from Egypt commits suicide scam and girl killed herself after dad posted on here wall scam. The modus operandi of all these scams are similar and they entice users to click on a link and then ask them to fill a survey while posting an update to their wall.

It is best to avoid clicking on such links because the video is 100% fake and the US government has not yet released any pictures or videos of the said incident. Please stay safe and spread this message on Facebook.

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.

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

It looks like scamsters love to use celebrities to spread a widespread scam on . A new one doing the rounds right now is a scam which is spreading with the text "OMG Can’t Believe Justine Beiber Did This To A Girl".

Justin Bieber

The scam is just like previous Facebook scams where scammers spread messages like Miley Cyrus Sick Video. As always there is no such video about Justin Bieber doing anything to a girl and the scammers have also cleverly misspelt his surname.

Clicking on the link will ask you to fill out surveys which will make the scammers money and then take you to a video which does not exist at all. Be careful about what you share on Facebook and what links  you click.

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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Bad News For AdSense Users Scam Spreading on Facebook

In my research in unearthing Facebook scams, I have come across scams that entice users to watch a video, check who viewed their profile, give free Facebook credits for games, see how many times their profiles have been viewed and more. However, for the first time I have come across a scam that is targeted at users and webmasters in general.

Facebook AdSense Scam

The new scam spreads with a message "Hello Bad News for AdSense Users – Check this out >>> [link redacted]" and is actively spreading on considering the number of updates I have seen.

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This new scam leads users to a website which offers them to monetize their website using "Clickbank Tag Clouds" and is similar to one of those "I made $5000 in a day scam" landing page. The website boasts that it has been featured on Yahoo, Google MSN, AOL, Ask Jeeves and Lycos. Though these claims might be true because of search engine listings and paid advertisements, these sites are definitely not endorsing them.

As usual, do not click on those links as they will just lead you to nothing and then spread to your friends too.

Warning: Young Teen From Egypt Commits SUICIDE Scam Spreading on Facebook

A new scam is rapidly spreading on , this time it is spreading through tagged photos in Facebook albums. The scam basically makes use of Facebook Connect to gain access to a users account and then posts enticing photos to their album and randomly tags friends along.

Egypt Suicide Facebook Scam

The scam is spreading with the text "INSANE: young teen from Egypt commits SUICIDE in front of web cam – Watch video here [link redacted]". Once users click on the link they are redirected to sign into Facebook with "gokasol" which is a Facebook application.

Facebook Permissions Scam

It then asks for permission to a users basic information, posting to their wall and their photos and videos. Once you give the app permissions, it will take you to another website where you will be asked to verify your age to watch the video. In order to do so, you will have to fill up a survey. This eventually makes money for the scamster.

In addition to that, the rogue app will now upload images to your album and then tag your friends with the above message. In the end your friends and their friends will see the wall update and click on the link. The cycle will continue till a lot of users are scammed by the app.

Since the scam spreads through an app, you will have to cleanse your Facebook account and remove the app from it. 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.

See Who Has Viewed Your Profile Event Spam Spreading on Facebook

Recently, I had written about Facebook scams spreading through Facebook events and it looks like the scam has now begun to spread rapidly. The new event scams is a new take on an earlier scam where users were enticed to click on links to see who viewed their Facebook profile.

Facebook Profile Events Scam

The new Facebook events spam also targets users with an offer to "See Who Has Viewed Your Profile?" in the form of an event. Once you click on the link, you will be led to some survey website and your entire friend list will receive an invite to the event.

Considering that all your friends receive personal notifications, this scam is bound to spread more rapidly. For example, if you have 100 friends, all of them will receive and invitation to the event. Now, if they get lured to click on the link provided in the event all their friends will also receive event invitations.

From the look of it, this Facebook scam has been annoying several users and I have already seen more than 50 invites being sent to me. As always, stay alert and don’t click on enticing links on Facebook.

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.

Facebook Spam Now Spreading Through Facebook Events

For the past year or so I have seen so many Facebook scams  spreading through wall updates, direct messages and even Facebook email. However, for the past few days, I have been seeing these scams spreading through events too.

Just yesterday, I saw one of my friends post an invite on Facebook, and out of my curiosity I asked him whether he was scammed or was really attending the event. Turns out that one of his friends send him an invite and he accepted it.

Facebook Events Scam

Today, I got a similar scam invite in my notifications to attend an event called "How to really view who stalked your profile". Though the event might look legitimate since it came through your friend, it is not. A cursory look at the event details shows that the link to the event acceptance is not only dicey, but it is also suspect.

The event was also sent to 464 people as you can see, and a cursory look at the person who sent me the invite shows that he has only 464 friends. So this is basically a infection on Facebook which sends out invites to a users friend list without them knowing.

As always don’t click on links or event invites unless you make sure that it is legitimate. Facebook is a huge platform with around 600 million users so it is ripe for scammers and hackers to exploit the platform to gain access to your account and then infect your friends too.

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.