Tag Archives: Scams

WARNING: TwitVerify Scam Spreading on Twitter

Just like Facebook Scams, there are also a large number of attempts to scam users too. Recently a new scam is making the rounds of Twitter where users are sent messages about a Twitter app called TwitVerify + Profile Spy.

Twitter

There is widespread messages on Twitter asking users to not click on links such as “click verify”. There are several variants of this rogue and many people are reporting it as TwitVerify, TwitVerification and Profile Spy.

We advise you not to click on the links and remove the app from your profile if you have already done so and change your password immediately.

If you aren’t sure how to remove apps from Twitter, follow our earlier guide on How to Revoke Permissions for Twitter Apps. Please feel free to pass along this message to your friends.

Warning: Hey I Just Made A Photoshop of You Facebook Virus Spreading

Looks like another one of those Facebook Scam is currently under way. Users are posting messages saying that "hey, i just made a photoshop of you, check it out :P [link redacted]".

Facebook

The above scam is more like a virus because it installs an app in your Facebook profile and then redirects you to a page where you have to fill out a survey which will make money for the scammer.

Right now the scam is spreading very quickly across Facebook, so stay away from clicking on the link. As always follow our guide on Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

This message is also spreading rapidly through Facebook Chat so don’t click on such messages even when you receive them through your friends in Facebook chat.

If you have clicked on the link, you will have to remove an application from your profile called soothio.co.cc or ratenry.info from your Profile to stop it from further affecting you and your friends. Learn more about removing apps from Facebook.

Marika Fruscio Spam Spreading on Facebook

A new Facebook scam is underway and it is more enticing than earlier one’s I have seen. The scam basically is about an Italian journalist; Marika Fruscio showing her breasts on Italian TV!.

Marika Fruscio Scam

If you think that this is something you want to watch, I would advise you to say away since there is no such video and you will basically be spamming your friends by liking the page automatically and posting it to your wall.

A quick search on shows that the scam is definitely enticing because tons of people are clicking on it already. Rest assured you aren’t getting to look at any videos showing breasts, so please don’t click on it.

Avoiding such scams is not easy on Facebook, but you can always follow caution. Clif had written a nice post on How To Avoid Facebook LIfeJacking Scams, it is definitely a worthwhile read to find and spot such scams.

Update: There is apparently some video on , however, the link on Facebook is an actual scam.

How to Avoid Facebook LikeJacking Scams

Recently, some of my friends and family have been victims of Likejacking at Facebook. It’s a type of clickjacking in which you are tricked into Likeinga website. It’s never happened to me, but I’ve just been very lucky. After a short time studying these Likejacking scams, I can see that it’s easy to be tricked. Below are three examples and how it works.

[images from Facecrooks.com]

whalebuilding

panties

fat-kid-coaster

As you can see, these are very tempting and they look like legitimate Likesfrom your friends. If you click to open them, you are taken to a page, normally with a video on it that needs to be clicked to play.

fat-kid-click-vid

 

Clicking to play it, will instantly Likethis page on your wall. You can’t see it, but there’s a hidden Likebutton under your mouse cursor, no matter where you click on the page. Isn’t that sneaky?

Usually, you’ll be directed to fill out surveys before you are allowed to see a video. The hackers get paid for getting people to fill them out.

One defense against Likejacking is to use the Firefox browser with the NoScript add-on. If you are using Opera or Chrome browsers, you might try NotScripts.

Here’s what it looks like when a hidden Likejack is detected with NoScript.

noscript-clickjack

In Google’s Chrome browser, you can right click on a link in Facebook and open it in Incognitomode. That way, you won’t be logged into Facebook when you arrive at the new page.

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So far, I haven’t seen that feature in other browsers, but I think it can be added via extensions or addons.

Your best defense is some common sense. You will need to be more suspicious of your friends’ posts. It’s hard to resist temptation, but it’s also good for you.

Facebook Scam Alert: Look what happens when Father catches Daughter on Webcam!

A couple of days earlier, was hit with a massive Miley Cyrus Sick video Scam. Today I am seeing a new scam going viral where users are clicking on links and posting updates saying “Look what happens when Father catches Daughter on Webcam!”. This Facebook scam is similar to a previous one where an update was posted saying that a Girl Killed Herself After Dad Posted on Wall.

Facebook Girl Webcam Scam

Most of these scams play on the gullibility of users to click on links with cleverly framed text which entice. As always, my advice is to never click on such links at all, even if they are coming from your closest friend.

Facebook Scam Webcam Dad

As for this scam, clicking on the link takes you to a website where you a video is displayed with the message, “Please watch this video only if you are 16 years or older”. As a strong warning, I would ask you to not click on the play button as it will then automatically post a message on your wall and then ask you to fill out a survey through which they will make money.

Please feel free to share this message with your friends and family so that they don’t fall into clicking on the enticing messages.

Free CityVille Coins and Cash Facebook Scam

Here we go again. A new Facebook scam is currently underway where users are clicking on links which promises to give them 4000000 coins and 400 cash from a website. The scam is spread through a message posted on the wall saying "OMG !! I CANT BELIVED IT WORKED !! IVE JUST GOT 4000000 COINS AND 400 1CASH FROM THIS WEBSITE CHECK IT OUT NOW – DONT MISS OUT -[redacted link]"

CityVille Zynga

Clicking on the link redirects you to a website which asks you to share the page twice and link the page twice and then post a message 10 times on CityVille related pages or CityVille related websites.

CityVille Coins Scam Facebook

I used my test account to perform the things told by the website and don’t be surprised when I say that it didn’t work at all. This thing also has scam written all over it, so please avoid it. Also, this website is created using a free website creator.

CityVille is the most popular game on created by Zynga, and there are bound to be people who take advantage of users run out of coins to play the games. Most of the Zynga games (and other games on Facebook) allow you a certain amount of coins/credits each day. Once you run out of them you can either purchase more coins/credits using actual money or undertake a survey to earn them for free.

Since people are so eager to get coins/credits to start playing again without spending money, such scams are highly successful. They don’t give you anything but fool you nevertheless.

"I Was Online For xx Hours In 2010" Facebook Scam Spreading

After a brief lull, a new Facebook scam has just popped it’s head out. The new scam is spread through wall post updates of people where users will see a text saying "I was online on FB for 4007 hours in 2010! Use this great tool to check how much hours you spent online."

I was Online Facebook Scam

As you can see the message is enticing enough for users to click on to actually see how many hours they have spent on . However, this is a scam and clicking on this link will lead you to the app asking for permissions. Once you give it permissions, it will automatically post an update to your wall with a similar message and then ask you to complete some surveys.

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The app is definitely a scam, because when I used it on an account created just for scams like these, it told me that I was online for 3988 hours in 2010, whereas as per my last recollection this account was only created in December and the max time I have spent online with this account can hardly go beyond a couple of hours.

Rest aside, do not click on this link and ask your friends who post such updates to delete it from their walls. Also if you are so keen to check how much time you spend on Facebook, check out some of our earlier articles.

Facebook Surprise Scam Spreading Through Facebook Messages

I have seen tons of Facebook scams which have been part of my feed, but for the first time today I came across a new "Facebook Surprise" scam which was sent through a direct message on Facebook.

Facebook Message Scam

With the new Facebook message scam, one or more of your contacts will send you a Facebook message saying "I got u surprise random website". The random website could be any website which then redirects you to a page which displays a message similar to the screenshot below.

Facebook Surprise Scam

First off, don’t click on the URL in the message, and secondly don’t click on the Get A Surprise Now message since it will not only send all your contacts a message with the link to the surprise, but also download a nice little surprise to your PC, which could contain Malware or Virus. STAY AWAY FROM IT.

As I have always suggested, don’t click on random links on Facebook. It is very hard to resist, but in the end you are not just affecting yourself but also putting all your Facebook friends in danger of passing it along.

Beware Of Free WordPress Themes On The Internet

When I started blogging, I didn’t have a custom theme and relied on themes which were available on the Internet. I did have my favorite WordPress related blogs which listed out some really good themes and I usually downloaded themes from them.

Unsafe Free WordPress Themes

Every once in a while I also preferred to use Google to search for "Free WordPress Themes". Now that I have my own custom built theme, I do not usually look for free themes anymore. However, many new WordPress users do use Google to find new themes for their blog.

The most common keyword for searching themes is "Free WordPress Themes". Now, this will land you thousands of results, but are they safe? Well, the WPMU blog did a comprehensive research on sites which showed up in Google search results and 9 out of the 10 top websites had Trojans or hidden code in the themes you downloaded from them.

The lone site which did not have any problem was the Official WordPress Themes Repository. The research done by the WPMU folks is a real eye-opener and I believe that many users wouldn’t even bother to look as closely as they did. To top it, many of the available themes are actually stolen and copyrighted from premium theme publishers.

I am experienced and advanced WordPress user, so I can figure these things out. However, millions of users out there are not as tech savvy as me and may be gullible to installing these so called "Free WordPress Themes".

The best thing we could do to stop this menace is to educate new users that it is best to download themes from the official WordPress repository as the themes there are free and also do not have sponsored links or Trojans. Remember, beautiful themes are not always free, they can ruin your website.

Last but not the least kudos to the WPMU folks for running such a research, it was an eye-opener indeed.

Orkut Underground Community Behind Spamming Facebook

Recently I wrote a post about how a spam had come across where people were told about “Really cool Facebook   revolving images” and to “Checkout 360 rotate effect on images”. The exploit was run through JavaScript which user’s themselves went and posted in their address bar, which then caused their profiles to post on their friends wall with the message.

Orkut Underground Community Facebook Attack

However, the attack was started by an underground community which also has a presence on Facebook (Thanks Tony via Comment). As you can see from the image above, this community is all about business and about a numerous amounts of hacks.

Though the attack was not harmful at all, it was definitely malicious and spread like a malware. Orkut and Facebook are two competing social networking platforms, so it was really not surprising. However, Google does have to rein in such communities and clamp down on them if they want to be really realistic about being competitive.

Quite recently members of 4Chan and Tumblr went after each other and took each other down too, so is rivalry brewing between users who are loyal to a particular website? I think so.

I have contacted both Facebook and Google/Orkut for their response on this, will update this post once they respond.

Update: Google responded back to me and have promised to look into the matter and take appropriate actions. I will update this post when there is more to share.