Stay Away from ‘WhatsAppDude,’ a Fake Facebook App Site

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
Whatsappdude - Fake Facebook App Site

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 "whatsappdude" Rating

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.

Scams on Facebook are quite difficult to identify. We have provided some tips on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams, and also share them with your friends on Facebook. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Your Friend Added a New Photo with You Facebook Scam

Facebook users are being warned about an email that may appear like an official Facebook email notification, which indicates that the user has been tagged in a photo by a close friend. The email contains attachments that are actually malware programs, which could be harmful to your computer.

According to this report by Naked Security, the email contains the subject line, “Your friend added a new photo with you to the album,” along with the following message:

Greetings,

One of Your Friend added a photo with you to the album.

You are receiving this email because you’ve been listed as a close friend.

[View photo with you in the attachment]

Facebook Email Scam

The link contained in the email will download an malware program, which could be designed to steal user information. Sophos products intercept the malware as Troj/Agent-XNN. This program copies itself to “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\svchost.exe” and also create a registry key as “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

If you receive any such email that is claiming to be from Facebook, simply mark it as spam. Facebook does not send email notification about photo tags with any attachments in it. If in case you have accidently clicked on the attachment, then it is recommended that you scan your computer for any malware programs.

Such scam messages are common, and the scammers who create these messages mainly target Facebook users as they can easily get users to fall for such tricks.

Facebook currently has over 950 million users visiting per month, and the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scam messages. Although it is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook, we have provided some tips on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Free Woolworths Voucher Worth $500 Facebook Scam

A new scam message has surfaced the social networking giant Facebook, claiming to giveaway free Woolworths voucher. The message is a typical survey scam, which asks for your personal and contact information in order to claim the “gift.”

The message is spreading as follows:

Claim your Free $500 Woolworths Voucher. Only a few left.

Get Free Woolworths Voucher

This is a bogus message, and currently there is no such official Woolworths promotion running. Clicking the link provided in the message will take you to a page where you are asked to “like” and “share” the message with your friends. You will then be redirected to an online survey page, where you are asked to enter your contact information such as your email id and mobile phone number.

The scammers are misusing the details entered by selling them to third-party services. Many users, who have fallen for this scam trick, ended up entering their mobile number. Scammers are now bombarding the users with several calls and text messages.

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.

Also, 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 currently has over 950 million users visiting per month, and the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scam messages. Although it is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook, we have provided some tips on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

Free iTunes Card Codes Facebook Scam

There seems to be a new scam message spreading on Facebook, and this time it is the iTunes users who have been targeted. The new scam message spreading on Facebook promises users with free iTunes card codes, which they can redeem it after completion of certain steps. However, this is a fake promotion, and there is no such iTunes card codes given away for free.

The message is spreading as follows:

Get your free iTunes card pin codes here for free! Supplies are limited so get yours before we run out! [Link]

Free iTunes Codes Facebook

Clicking the message link will take you to a bogus web page, where you are provided with instructions on how to get “download” an iTunes gift card code. In the first step, you are asked to share the page on Facebook with friends. In the second step, you are asked to share the same page on any other social media tools listed on the page. Finally, you are asked to post an update on your Facebook wall stating that you have received a free card code for iTunes.

None of the above steps will get you a free iTunes gift code. You are only spamming your friends news feed by spreading this false message. It is recommended that you DO NOT click on the message link, or share it with your friends.

A similar scam that we reported was the Get Costco Gift Card for FREE! (Limited time only). Make sure you avoid such scam messages. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

I suggest you to remove the scam from your news feed by clicking on the “X” mark on the top-right corner of the post. Alternatively you can report the scam to the Facebook Security team.

Please note that scams like this use multiple domain and different web pages. You may see variations in the landing pages, but they are all the same.

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 Profile Viewer – Who Viewed Your Profile Scam

Although the social media giant Facebook has taken measures to eradicate spam and hoax messages from its site, spam messages are continuing to galore as may users are falling for tricks set by hackers and spammers in an aim to steal user information.

Today, I noticed yet another scam message spreading across Facebook. The new scam tricks users into installing a rogue Facebook application, promising them to show the list of users who viewed their profile.

Although this particular scam has been reported earlier a several times, with users being warned not to click on such messages, yet users continue clicking it and install the Facebook app. The new variant is very much similar to previous scam messages, and attempts to steal personal information from tricked Facebook users.

Did you know? 14 million Facebook Accounts are used to spread spam messages.

The new scam is spreading with the title Facebook Profile Viewer containing the following messages:

Yes! I can’t believe that you can see who is viewing your profile! I just saw my top profile viewers and I am SHOCKED from who are viewing my profile! You can also see WHO VIEWED YOUR PROFILE [link]

WOW I just saw my top 10 profile VIEWERS. You can now see who’s been stalking at your profile for real! You can easily check who’s spying on you at [link]

My total profile views today:

Male Viewers: 31
Female Viewers: 64
See your total views and who is viewing you here: [link]

Facebook Profile Viewer Scam

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.

The app looks like just any other Facebook app and will ask for your permissions before taking you to a page where they will ask you to complete a survey before you can see “Who’s viewing your Facebook Profile”. However, once you complete the survey it will only make money for the scammers and not show you the information you are looking for.

Here is a list of previously reported similar scam messages spreading 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.

Last week, Facebook announced the launch of [email protected], an email address available to the public to report phishing attempts against Facebook.

With over 955 million monthly active users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the 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. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with thelatest scams spreading on Facebook.

Robert Pattinson Dies in Car Accident Facebook Hoax

Rumors about the death of the Twilight star Robert Pattinson have been circulating on Twitter and Facebook over the last few days. With the recent shocking news about Robert’s long-time girlfriend Kristen Stewart had cheated on him, rumor states that Pattinson died due to emotional stress, and was found lying in a pool of blood in his bathtub.

The rumor noticed on Facebook is as follows:

Robert Pattinson of TWILIGHT Died becuase nervous breakdown due of emotional stress. They found him lying on his bath tub along with blood. Police are now investigating. Watch the video on how the neighbors save ROBERT PATTINSON (18yrs & above) ->> [LINK]

The link provided in the message takes you to a Facebook application page, where you are asked to grant permission for the app to access your personal information and also post updates on your behalf. Clicking the “Allow” button will provide the scammer to post Wall updates on your Facebook profile, and spam your friends’ news feed. It is recommended that you avoid clicking on the link.

A similar rumor is spreading about the death of Robert Pattinson, but this one provides a different cause of death. It states that Pattinson died in a single car accident on route 80 between Morrisville and Roswell.

 “Very sad news, especially for all the Twilight fans, Robert Pattinson died in a single car accident on route 80 between Morrisville and Roswell. He died on July 29, 2012, at the age of 26…. Friends and family are mourning the loss of a loved one.”

Death hoax about celebrities are nothing new, and Pattinson is not the first actor to fall victim to such a hoax. In the recent past, there have been several such death hoax messages spreading on Facebook and Twitter, which included Arnold SchwarzeneggerKeanu Reeves and Mickey Rourke.

You can read about our earlier articles on how to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Also don’t forget to bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams and subscribe to our Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Facebook Photograph Showing “Black” Lion is a Fake

Earlier today, while I was on Facebook, I stumbled across a post shared by a friend of mine containing a photo of a “black” lion. Although I knew that something was wrong about the photo, I did a simple search on Facebook, and to my surprise found a boatload of users sharing it. However, the photo is a fake, or in other words, it has been digitally manipulated.

The message is spreading across Facebook as follows:

Black Lion… :-) How many likes for him?

Black Lion….only 1 alive…..in the world. can we get maximum likes 4 dis amazing pic…Share N tag PLS…

The one and last black Lion in the world….extinction on its way.

The Last Black Lion Alive at Norway Zoo . Really Awesome . :)

Facebook Black Lion Hoax

Don’t fall for this hoax message as the picture in the message has been digitally manipulated to make it look like a “black” lion. The picture was fabricated by a DeviantArt user – Pavol Dvorský. The original photo, which is a white lion, can be found at Cute Home Pets website, which discusses about questions and answers about considering to own a white lion as pet.

Here’s the original photo of the white lion:

White Lion - Original Photo

The only animal-relation that I could find to a “black lion” is the black lion tamarin, also known as the golden-rumped lion tamarin, found in Brazil. However, the black lion tamarin is a type of monkey, and not a lion.

Users need to be aware of this as scammers on Facebook might take it up as an advantage and trick users into clicking malware links, or download them as a program.

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.

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.

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Leaked Images of Sunny Leone from Jism 2 – Facebook Scam

A new scam message has been doing the rounds on the social media network Facebook, enticing users to click on the link in order to view leaked images of Canadian actress Sunny Leone. We have seen similar such scam messages spreading the past including, Nicki Minaj Gets Caught on Tape, and Kim Kardashian Exposed.

The Sunny Leone leaked images scam is spreading with the following title with the same description, along with the link to a rogue Facebook application:

Sunny Leone Leaked Jism 2 Nude Undressing Scene Ex : [link]

Sunny Leone Leaked Jism 2 Nude Images - Facebook Scam

Clicking the link provided in the scam message will take you to a Facebook app page, where you will be asked to authorize the app to post updates on your behalf and also have access to your basic personal information, including your email id.

It is highly not recommended that you authorize app like this. Scammers generally misuse the information they have obtained by either trying to hack your Facebook account, or sell it to third-party organizations, who in turn will spam your inbox.

You will then be redirected to a Blogspot site, which is designed to look like a Facebook page. You will notice a fake video player, and clicking the play button will like-jack your Facebook account. You are also presented with a set of online surveys.

Fake Facebook Page

Whatsoever you do, there are no leaked pictures shown to you. The creators of the message are simply trying to gather as much information as possible from your Facebook account and misuse them to the highest extent.

In case you have already fallen for this trap, then I recommend you to deauthorize the rogue app from your Facebook account. To do so, go to your Facebook Account Settings. From the menu on the left, select “Apps.”

Identify the app that you want to remove, and click on the “x” mark. This will open a pop-up window where you will be asked to confirm whether you want to remove the app or not. Before you click on “Remove” button, make sure you have checked the “Delete all app activity” option. Once done, the app will no more be associated with your Facebook account.

Remove Facebook App

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.

Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

“Like” and “Share” to See Magic Trick – Facebook Spam

Facebook is one of the best platforms to share anything that is interesting and catchy. However, there are several users on Facebook who fail to drive attention and would want to get more users to “like” their Facebook page, or their work. Such users create a challenging task and ask users to “like” or “share” their pages in order to see something interesting, or in this case a magic trick.

Quite recently, there have been a lot of blurred images spreading over Facebook with a message at the bottom stating, “First Like, then Share, and then see the magic.” For instance, here’s an blurred image of Mickey Mouse that is spreading with the message:

Like and Share to See Magic

The above image was shared by popular cricket star Virat Kohli on his Timeline, and has also tagged over 50 people in it. Believing the star, many of his fans “liked” and “shared” the same image in order to see the Facebook magic trick, and for obvious reasons, the so called “trick” didn’t work.

Similarly, there are many such blurred images that are spreading, asking users to “like” a Facebook page in order to see the magic trick work. After having “liked” and “shared” the image, or the link to the Facebook fan page, users have realized that nothing happens and there is no “magic.” They have also acknowledged that it doesn’t work by adding their comments.

Needless to say, users need to understand that there is no such magic, even if they “like” a fan page, or “share” it with their friends. The creators of such messages are simply trying to increase the number of “likes” for their Facebook pages. It’s not only pointless to spread this message, but you’re also making a fool of yourself by sharing such messages with your friends.

I recommend that you avoid sharing messages like the one showed above and avoid spamming your friends’ news feed. Also, make sure you tell your friends about it by sharing this post with them. 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.

John Cena Dies In Car Crash Hoax

A new hoax message has surfaced on the social networking site Facebook, which claims that the American professional wrestler and actor, John Cena, died in a car accident on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. However, the message spreading is false and is a rumor.

At the time of writing this post, John Cena posted an update on his Twitter account with a message stating that he has an important announcement to make at RAW –

John Cena - Twitter Update

Well, by this update, it is clear that John Cena is safe, and the message – John Cena Dies in Car Crash hoax spreading spreading across Facebook and Twitter is not true. It is recommend that you stop spreading the message and also inform your friends about it.

John Cena Dies in Car Crash

Upon clicking the link on Facebook, you will be warned that the page you are visiting is not safe and may contain malware programs that could be harmful to your computer. However, the website that the link leads to contains the following speculated message –

John Cena died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident – June 26, 2012

Scammers create such rumors in order to drive traffic to their bogus websites. Sometimes, you are asked to download malware programs that are programmed to gather your personal information stored on your computer. It is highly advised that you avoid clicking such links on Facebook.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the 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. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.