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 This Gmail Phishing Email

There’s a new phishing email that is being sent across to Gmail users stating that their Gmail account might be suspended if they do not verify their account immediately. If you’ve received such an email, it is advised that you delete or report the email as ‘phishing’ immediately.

The following phishing email is being sent across to Gmail users:

Gmail! Mail Account Verification

You are receiving this message due to errors encountered in our regular verification process on your email account.

We need to verify your account, regarding the new security features that is added to your email account.You are required to send us your user name and password to avoid loosing your account

 

Regards,
Gmail! Account Services

Gmail Scam

Messages like this are sent to mass users by spammer and are specifically designed to collect personal information, called ‘spoofing’ or ‘password phishing.’

As Google explains, “phishing is a form of fraud in which a message sender attempts to trick the recipient into divulging important personal information like a password or bank account number, transferring money, or installing malicious software. Usually the sender pretends to be a representative of a legitimate organization.”

Users should be cautious of any message or email that asks for your personal information, such as username & password, credit card number, or any other credential information. Some messages refer you to a webpage asking for personal information, which also should be avoided.

One thing you can be sure of is that Google or Gmail will never ask you to provide this information in an email; if the message asking for it claims to be from Google or the Gmail team, do not believe it. Gmail doesn’t send mass messages asking for passwords or personal information. If you think your Gmail account has been compromised or taken over, you can follow this link to seek direct help from the Gmail team and resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

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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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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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 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.