Girl Caught by Her Dad While Having Fun on Chatroulette..!! – Facebook Scam

A picture is worth a hundred word, but a thumbnail on Facebook is worth a thousand notorious thoughts. Here is a scam with a very displeasing thumbnail of a girl stripping her clothes down. Earlier we had seen a scam that indicated a girl caught by her dad while she was on web cam. Today I came across a similar scam titled – “AWFUL!!! Girl gets caught by her dad while having fun on chatroulette.. !!that describes – This is just WRONG!! Poor father … this is so awkaward!. The scammer couldn’t even get the right spelling of ‘awkward’.

Girl Caught be Her Dad - Facebook Scam

Well, clicking on the scam link redirects you to the same old Jaapage. You will have to verify that your over 13 years of age before you can watch the video. However, there is no video shown even after you verify your age. Instead, clicking the Jaabutton will click-jack and like-jack your Facebook account by automatically posting and likingthe scam on your Facebook wall.

Girl Caught by Dad - Facebook Scam

After that, you will be redirected to another page where you will be asked to complete a set of useless surveys.  Scammers earn money by getting users to complete such surveys. We have also seen scammers creating apps that promise users to give 2000 Facebook Credits for free. It is similar to the Free Cityville coins Scam that offered 4000000 coins and 400 in cash.

It is recommended that you ignore the scam message or delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.

We have compiled a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  that you might want to have a look at. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about  Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams.  You might also want to  use a security application for protecting you from 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.

Recently Reported Facebook Scams/Spam:

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)

The Biggest Problem Of Google Search Post Panda Algorithmic Update

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It has been nearly one month since Google rolled out the famous Panda update, which is geared towards returning high quality sites on search results instead of content farms, scraper sites and sites who don’t produce original content.

Since the day Google’s Panda update went global, a lot of websites have seen an overwhelming change in their organic traffic. A lot of high traffic websites practically disappeared from Google search while Google’s own properties saw an increase in search traffic. Search metrics has the complete details about the early losers and winners of Google’s Panda update.

Recently, Google gave some additional guidelines to webmasters affected by the Panda update and how they can focus on delivering the best possible user experience. Google clearly says that the Panda algorithmic update incorporates user feedback as a strong signal, so website owners should focus on making their content or service as user friendly as possible.

Some Questions To Ask and Ponder Upon

The webmaster tools blog post list all the questions site owners should ponder upon, I will highlight some specific questions from that article here:

  • Would you trust the information presented in this article? As a user, trust comes by looking at the cover and the symbol associated with it. If I have never heard about a website before, it has ugly design,   bombards me with popups and subscription boxes every second it is most likely that I won’t trust the content or the service provided on the website. And there is a good chance that I will also tell my friends not to visit that website again.Inference: Blog design matters. So does usability.
  • Is this the sort of page you’d want to bookmark, share with a friend, or recommend? Google wants to know the feel goodfactor about a particular page by judging whether users would want to share the content with their friends or family members. I think this is doubtful because not all users can judge the usefulness of every page, at first glance.Example: Consider a set of users who are searching   for information about Mothers day. All they want is to read quotations and facts about Mom’s day and if you take them to this Wikipedia page , chances are that many won’t read it top to bottom. They might instead prefer this page which has a list of quotations about Mom’s day. This is a fact all users can’t judge the usefulness of a webpage, which is why we need search engines to return them the best possible page.Inference: No doubt Google is taking social sharing as one of their ranking signals, which can be gamed thanks to retweet clubs, spamming each others Facebook fan pages, paying someone to get 100 stumbles the list is endless.
  • Was the article edited well, or does it appear sloppy or hastily produced? Google wants to know the grammatical level of a webpage and how well written it is. This is obvious, because search engines don’t want to return a page which is sloppy.But there is no guarantee that a page which is written badly, does not contain useful information. I know a couple of friends who don’t have good writing skills, but they are really good at their subject. They don’t know how to write like a seasoned blogger, who on the other hand knows how to collect information from different sources, mask it and produce a blog post.
  • Does this article have an excessive amount of ads that distract from or interfere with the main content?

There are more questions on the blog post and the probable answers depend from one webmaster level to another. However, the biggest consequence of Google’s Panda update has remain unanswered scraper sites outranking the sources for the original content they have written.

Google’s Algorithm Doesn’t Make Exceptions

An algorithm works for everyone whether you are a spammer or a genuine source, an algorithm doesn’t give a damn care. It will continue to work the way it is designed and this is exactly where the problem begins.

There is no way a machine or a computer program can accurately determine whether John or harry wrote a piece of content. Before the Panda update was rolled out, Google did a good job keeping the scrapers away and showed the original article on top.

Here are a few examples which show that Google’s so called algorithm is not able to differentiate between the real source and the copycats.

Example # 1: Matt Cutt’s Personal Blog

Performing a search for this string (not an exact match) from Matt’s post on overdoing URL removals shows the following result:

spam-site-ranking-ahead

So what do we have here.

1. Matt’s blog post is nowhere to be found on the first page.

2. The same scraper site is ranking for the first three results on SERP’s which violates Google’s own theory that they tend to show content from different domains on search results. There is more, Google thinks that this piece of content in exclusively genuine and unique on the spam site, so they are showing the little suggestion Read more content from this source. Ridiculous !

3. Google also offers a translated version of another spammer site who has completely copied the original article from top to bottom.

Now consider the following facts

  • Matt’s blog is highly informative and considered an authority site on the subject.
  • Matt’s blog is a trusted source among users.
  • There are ZERO advertisements on the blog.
  • Has good quality backlinks, high domain age, good social influence and a decent design.
  • Google pagerank: 7.

So why is that Matt’s page is not shown at all in the SERP’s?

Example #2: Search Engine Land

Performing a search for this string (not an exact match) from   Greg’s post at SearchEngineLand shows the following results:

scraped-content

The same thing holds true for SearchEngineLand’s article. The original article is nowhere to be found on the first page, while Google thinks it is good to return even the auto generated RSS feed on the scraper site? And why is that Googlebot fails to read the title Latest News?

For the record, SearchEngineLand has Google PR 7 and it’s a high quality site with genuine content and reports on search   analysis. In fact, it is one of the oldest sites to break developments and news about search engines, in this case the latter is not giving the due credit to the former.

Example #3: Techcrunch.com

Performing a search for this string (not an exact match) from Alexia’s post on Techcrunch, shows the following result:

spam-sites-ranking-ahead

Techcrunch’s original article is nowhere shown on the first page, while the first result takes you to an ad laden page with no content.

Note: On performing the above example searches, you might see different results on search result pages. Search rankings of a particular phrase can change any second and it also depends upon your geographical location amongst other factors. If you are seeing different results than those shown in the screenshots above, you might want to check the following video where I have performed the above example searches one by one:

Now looking at the above examples, we go back to the same echo chamber Physician, first heal thyself.

The sole purpose of Google’s new algorithm was to remove content farms, scraper sites and people who blindly copy whole or part of the article from the original source. But the results speak a different story there are numerous occasions when original content is nowhere to be found on the search results. And it’s not that only we are saying this, the folks at Seomoz and Ubergizmo have produced their reports here and here

Judging quality of content comes later, first you should find out who the real source is and Google is failing terribly here.

If you are a webmaster and find that scrapers are outranking for the content you have written, I am afraid there is nothing much you can do here. Because this is an algorithm which detects and differentiates between the source and the scraper and if it is failing to do it’s job, nothing is in your hands.

You can file DMCA complaints and take down the scraper sites one by one, but this is impossible for sites having thousands of pages.

Come on Google ! We have circled back to the point we were before – meaningful results. That’s what Google search is known for and everybody used to appreciate that. You have changed the rules of the game, but please don’t take away the real players and let robots dominate the search results.

Wake up !

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.

Post to be updated..

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.

Who Joined Fbooook first Takes Users for A Ride; Tags Friends and Annoys Them

My stream just went for a toss with people posting new wall updates which is sort of a competition about who joined Facebook first. First of all, Facebook does not usually publish information on when a user joined in their APIs, so it is highly unlikely that this app is accurate at all.

Who Joined Fboook first Permissions

Secondly, this app basically tags friends and also asks for permissions to post to your wall and gains access to your email account too along with tons of other information as you can see from the image above.

Who Join Fboook First Facebook Spam

Thought this app is technically not Facebook scam, it is definitely a spam and inaccurate app. I have also seen other similar apps like "who will get married first" and other stupid quiz apps which are deceptive at best.

There have been several similar scams in the past where apps were created to tell users who visited your Facebook profile and my Total Facebook views scam among other things.

Apps like these are dime a dozen and will continue to exist in the Facebook ecosystem. However, it is not really hard to spot the one’s that have spam written all over it. If you find it difficult to differentiate genuine vs bad links, you can always read our earlier article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Also, if you have posted an update like this make sure to delete it and then remove the app from your account. Learn more about How To Remove Applications from Facebook.