Who Viewed Your Profile – Introducing the New Feature on Facebook Scam

There’s no way to know who’s viewing or looking at your Facebook profile or Timeline, or how often it’s being viewed. Facebook does not allow its users to track profile views or post updates.

Not even third-party apps can provide you with this information as there is no such functionality that exists on Facebook. Yet Facebook users will never stop searching for ‘ways to know who viewed their Facebook profile or Timeline.’

Scammers have taken advantage of this and are tricking users into clicking malicious links that leads to a bogus site. Users are prompted to download and install a browser plug-in, which claims to track and display information about Facebook profile views.

A similar scam that is spreading on Facebook is the “Who Viewed Your Profile – Introducing the new feature on Facebook!”

Who Viewed Your Profile – Introducing the new feature on Facebook - Scam

The scammers have made use of profile pictures of users to make the scam appear legitimate. Clicking the link provided in the scam message takes the user bogus site and is prompted to install a browser extension shown below:

Who Viewed Your Profile – Introducing the new feature on Facebook Scam

It is advised not to install this extension. Browser extensions like this are designed to extract available information from your system and send them across to the scammers who in turn may use to hack into your Facebook account.

As a precautionary measure, avoid clicking on short URLs on Facebook. Also, check the applications that are associated with your Facebook account and remove the ones that are unwanted. 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 Like-jacking and Click-jacking scams.

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Beware of Facebook Mass Tagging Spam

In order make a status update viral, users generally mass tag people in their friend list, however, this trend is now being misused by spammers to spread spam links to bogus websites.

A new scam message has been spreading across the social network Facebook that tags multiple users in a post containing a link to a bogus site. When a tagged user clicks on the link, all the friends in the user’s friend list are automatically tagged in a new post and is posted on the user’s wall.

A screen shot of the Facebook scam spreading is shown below:

Facebook Mass Tag Spam

If you find any such similar posts on your News Feed, it is advised that you delete the post immediately and also advise the same to the friend who has been targeted with the scam message. Clicking the link will click-jack and tag-jack your Facebook account, and automatically starts tagging people from your friends’ list and post the same message on your Facebook Wall.

This is a tag-jacking scam message, which will automatically tag random friends from your friends list, which in turn your friends might think that they have been genuinely tagged by you and eventually fall for the trap. If you find any such messages on your Timeline, report it as spam immediately.

As a precautionary measure, avoid clicking on short URLs on Facebook. Also, check the applications that are associated with your Facebook account and remove the ones that are unwanted. 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 Like-jacking and Click-jacking scams.

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14-year-old Boy Was Shot 6 Times by His Stepfather Facebook Hoax

No, Facebook will not donate any money if you share or “like” a post. End of story.

This has been probably told like a thousand times earlier, yet users on Facebook continue to share messages that have statements such as, “Facebook will donate $$ every time you share or “like” the post.”

Today I spotted a new hoax message on my Facebook news feed, which tells a story of a young kid who is in need of money for his life saving surgery. The message circulating is as follows:

A 14 YEAR OLD BOY WAS SHOT 6 TIMES BY HIS STEPFATHER. THIS BOY WAS PROTECTING HIS LITTLE 6 YEAR OLD SISTER WHO WAS ABOUT TO BE RAPED BY THIS POOR… EXCUSE OF A MAN. THE LITTLE GIRL DID GET HURT, THANKS TO HER BRAVE OLDER BROTHER. THEIR MOM WAS AT WORK WHEN THIS HAPPENED. NOW THIS BRAVE YOUNG LITTLE BOY IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE,BUT DOCTORS SAY HE WILL NOT SURVIVE UNLESS HE GETS AN OPERATION WHICH IS COSTLY AND HIS MOM CANNOT PAY. FACEBOOK COMPANIES HAVE AGREED TO DONATE 45 CENTS FOR EVERY TIME SOMEONE SHARE THIS MESSAGE SO, PLEASE CLICK SHARE SO THAT TOGETHER WE CAN HELP SAVE THIS BOUS LIFE……NSFTBC! If you had a heart you’d do it, It will only take a minute of your time!

14-year-old Shot - Facebook Hoax

Reading the story makes you feel sad, however, none of it is true. To all those users who believe that this story is true and are sharing it over and over again, please stop it. This is simply a hoax message.

Mark Zuckerberg or Facebook does not make any such donations by getting users to “like” or “share” a photo or message. This isn’t something new as we have seen several such hoax and spam messages spreading across the social network.

It is always advised that users verify such information before spreading it across to their friends. A quick search on Google will help you find out whether the message is a fake or not.

We at Techie Buzz always try to keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. You can follow our dedicated Facebook page where we report all spreading scams – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Facebook Padlock Security Warning Hoax Message

Recently Facebook enabled a new feature on its site called as the “Privacy Shortcuts” that provides users the ability to easily and quickly make changes to your profile’s privacy settings. The update also brings “an easier-to-use Activity Log, and a new Request and Removal tool for managing multiple photos you’re tagged in.”

However, users on Facebook are spreading a false message, which indicates that hackers can gain access Facebook accounts if users answer the low security message –

Facebook Padlock Security Warning Hoax

Facebook Padlock Security Warning Hoax:

HACKERS ALERT….. ATTENTION!!!!! IF ANY OF YOU GET A PADLOCK ON TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER OF FACEBOOK HOME PAGE SAYING YOUR SECURITY IS LOW.. IGNORE.. DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.IT IS SO HACKERS CAN ACCESS YOUR ACCOUNT. COPY & PASTE PLEASE

Please understand that the new icon is enabled only to easily access your privacy settings and to avoid confusion. There is no such threat of hackers that the message above claims to be. The shortcut icon cannot be removed and there’s absolutely no harm to your Facebook accounts.

The above message spreading is simply a hoax. Hoax messages like the one above isn’t something new. There have been several such hoax messages reportedly spreading and spamming the social networks. It is always advised that users verify such information before spreading it across to their friends. A quick search on Google will help you find out whether the message is a fake or not.

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Free Christmas Gift Card from Walmart Facebook Spam

Christmas is just around the corner and so are some great offers and deals online, however, beware of scams and fake offers spreading on the Web that could cheat you. Facebook is one of the main sites that many scammers target and try to fool people by posting fake offers and promotions.

We have recently discovered that there is a scam message that is spreading on the social networking giant where users are “liking” and sharing it their friends in order to get a “free” gift card. The new Christmas scam message is spreading with the following message and image –

“Hey friends, I got a $1000 free Christmas Gift Card from WALMART! Get it right away! [LINK]”

Free Christmas Gift Card from Walmart

If you ever come across this on your Facebook Timeline, please avoid clicking on the link. If you do so, you will be taken to a bogus webpage where you will be asked to perform certain steps in order to get the free gift card. However, even after you complete all the steps, you will NOT win any gift cards for free.

The scam message is designed to collect your personal information, which will be then accessed by the creators of the scam message. There are possibilities that your Facebook account could also be hacked, or you might end up sharing your important credentials by falling for the trap.

This is a tag-jacking scam message, which will automatically tag random friends from your friends list, which in turn your friends might think that they have been genuinely tagged by you and eventually fall for the trap. If you find any such messages on your Timeline, report it as spam immediately. Also, don’t forget to inform your friends about it.

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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Beware of ‘Free Apple iPad Mini Giveaway’ on Facebook

Everyone loves gifts and giveaways, and if it is one of Apple’s products, it feels like heaven. It does sound exciting when we hear about such giveaways and we’ll be thrilled to take part in it hoping to win a gift. However, amidst the excitement, we often fail to realize whether the contest we are participating in is legit or a fake.

Well, this is the problem that many Facebook users face. In the latest incident, scammers have taken advantage of the Apple’s new addition — iPad Mini — and have been trying to lure users by asking them to click on a bogus link in order to win a free iPad mini.

The latest scam spreading on the social networking site Facebook is making use of Apple’s signature logo to make the scam message look legit, and is tricking users with a free Apple iPad mini giveaway. The scam spread is as follows:Free iPad Mini - Facebook Spam

“Are you a Apple fan? The Free iPad mini offer is on. Go here – [LINK] to get Free iPad mini”

Upon clicking the link, users will be taken to a rogue Facebook application page, which requests permission to access the user information and post messages on their behalf, ultimately luring the users’ friends to participate in the offer.

The app is designed to gather your personal information that you have provided to Facebook. It is recommended that you avoid installing the Facebook application. If you have already installed it, you can go to your Account Settings –> Apps and delete the particular app from the list. It is also advised that you remove all the messages that were posted by the app on your behalf from your Facebook Timeline and also inform your friends about the same.

Sometimes it is a challenging task in identifying scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams, which will help to stay safe from such 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 Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

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Facebook Message in Spanish with Video Link Leads to Malware

A new malware attack on Facebook has been reported, which pretends to be a notification about a Facebook friend’s “sexy” video, and leads the user to downloading of a malware file that is designed to steal information from the user’s computer, and also tricks antivirus scanners into believing that the file is safe.

This was first identified and intercepted by security research firm SophosLabs. According to the case study, the malware attack seems to be launched by some Indonesian and Spanish hackers by taking into the consideration of the languages used in the Facebook message.

The message containing a link to a bogus site, reads as follows:

Miiiii lindoooo!!! ahahahaha este videoo no se lo muestrezzz a nadiesss =$$$$ ziii ?? es solo para tiii!! porque ? yoooo te amoooo muxiiiisisisisizimoooo!!! me gusto muxo tu videooo te requiero montonezzzz!!!! porfiz cuando estez en. ….. . …..” Leer mas

Este video fue clasificado Prohibido para menores de 18 años .

The translation of the above message in English:

Lindoooo miiiii! ahahahaha this videoo muestrezzz not what to nadiesss = $ $ $ $ ZIII?? tiii is for! because? yoooo muxiiiisisisisizimoooo amoooo you! I liked your videooo thee therefore muxo montonezzzz!! porfiz when estez on. ….. . ….. “Read more

This video was ranked No one under 18.

Facebook Phishing Video Email

Users who click on the link are taken to a website that attempts to get them to download a file called Video_Multimedia.exe, which, according to Sophos, is actually Troj/Agent-YGD malware.

It is also reported that the hacker has used Facebook’s logo and styling to make the email message appear exactly like a Facebook message. If you have received any such email or message on Facebook, it is recommended that you delete it immediately without clicking any links.

To avoid being infected with malware such user is encouraged to:

  • Ignore unsolicited mail messages
  • Do not try to play video attachments in the body of the emails.
  • Validate the email domain and verify that the links correspond to the original domain.
  • Make sure you have an updated antivirus solution installed on your computer.

It is always recommended that you avoid clicking on scam messages. 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 Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

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Look What This Girl Wore at the Beach Video Facebook Scam

A new scam message is reported to be speeding on Facebook, luring users to click on a video link that reveals about the outfit a girl wore at the beach. Before you get too excited and open the link, be warned that this is a scam message, and opening it will result in the automatic download of malware program, which could harm your computer.

The Facebook scam is spreading with the flowing message, title, and thumbnail as shown below:

Look what this girl is wearing at the beach in front of thousands of people (or) Look What This Girl Wore at the Beach

During the summer holidays, this girl took the opportunity to do something unheard of! I bet no one can do the same

Look what this girl wore at the beach

Clicking the link will take you to a site where you’ll find a video player that looks exactly like YouTube. However, this is a fake player, and upon clicking it, a pop-up box opens up asking you to take up an online survey before you can view the video.

After having completed the survey, you will redirected to another site, where a rogue browser extension will be installed on your system. This program is designed to Like-Jack your Facebook account, which “likes” and shares the same scam message with your friends without your knowledge. A similar version of this scam was reported earlier, however, it only had a bogus video player on the site.

Scammers generally create such scam messages to entice users and trick them to “like” or share messages on Facebook.

It is always recommended that you avoid clicking on scam messages. 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 Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

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Facebook Scam Alert – Check Who is Spying Your Facebook Profile

A new variant of the “Who viewed my Facebook profile” scam has surfaced the social networking giant Facebook. This scam is very similar to those which we have reported earlier – OMG! My Profile Has Been Viewed 97 Times Just Today, See Who Has Viewed Your Profile, and Facebook Profile Viewer – Who Viewed Your Profile.

The latest scam — who is spying your facebook profile —  is spreading as follows:

OmG!! I Cannot imagine that you can now see who is been spying at your profile for real! You can easily check who is spying on you at-> [link]

Facebook Scam Alert - Check Who is Spying Your Profile

Clicking the scam will take you to the Facebook app installation page, where you are asked to grant permissions to the rogue app to post updates on your behalf and also access your information on Facebook. Providing access will put your Facebook account at high risk as scammers might try to hack it and steal all your information.

It is highly recommended that you avoid clicking on such spam messages on Facebook. It is also advised that you remove any apps that you have accidently given permission to access your Facebook information.

Here is a list of previously reported similar scam messages spreading on Facebook, and please make sure that you avoid them if you come across on your news feed:

Facebook has announced the launch of [email protected], an email address available to the public to report phishing attempts against Facebook. You can report such scam messages to Facebook, the security team from Facebook will delete the message entirely from Facebook.

It has always been a challenge on how to identify and avoid scams on Facebook. Here is a post providing you with some tips on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Additionally, you can bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Stay Privately Connected Facebook Hoax

A new hoax message appears to be spreading on Facebook, and this time it is about Facebook’s privacy issues. According to the message, users are requesting to be privately connected with thier friends in order to avoid friends of friends to view activities like photo “likes” and comments.

Here is the hoax message that has gone viral on Facebook:

“To all my FB friends, may I request you to please do something for me: I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. However, with the recent changes in FB, the public can now see activities in any wall. This happens when our friends hit “like” or “comment”, automatically, their friends would see our posts too. Unfortunately, we cannot change this setting by ourselves because Facebook has configured it this way. So I need your help. Only you can do this for me. PLEASE place your mouse over my name above (do not click), a window will appear, now move the mouse on “FRIENDS” (also without clicking), then down to “Settings”, click here and a list will appear. REMOVE the CHECK on “COMMENTS & LIKE” by clicking on it. By doing this, my activity amongst my friends and my family will no longer become public. Many thanks! Paste this on your wall so your contacts would follow suit too, that is, if you care about your privacy.”

The message is a hoax and most of it contains inaccurate information. Facebook has not done any recent changes to its privacy settings that enable the “public” to view your Facebook activities, unless you have set your privacy settings to “Public”.

From the message, it is known that users are concerned about their activities and photos being visible to friends of friends when a particular friend “likes” or comments on it. These activities are not shown on their news feed, but actually dislayed on the rolling real time list of what your friends are doing – the Facebook Ticker.

If you’re concerned about what you post on your Timeline could be visible to friends of friends via the Facebook Ticker, then there’s a solution to avoid that – Stop using the “Friends of friends” setting. This is why every second degree contacts will be able to view your posts and photos that your friend “likes” or comments on.

To change this, go to your Facebook privacy settings and click the edit settings of “Timeline and Tagging,” and change the visibility to “Friends” only:

Timeline and Tagging

 

However, to avoid this, you will have to convince your friend/s to do the same. Additionally, “limit” all previous posts you have made via the privacy settings – According to what Sophos says, “this will change everything to “friends” only and will stop people you deleted but did not block, people who sent you friend requests that you ignored, and friends of friends from seeing your activity.”