Survey scams spread on Facebook: Sophos

by CXOtoday Staff    Dec 23, 2010

spamIT security and control firm, Sophos, is yet again targeting Facebook, by advising its users about the reappearance of survey scams that are quickly spreading across the social network. Many Facebook users are struggling to clean up their accounts once they’ve been tricked into allowing a third party application to post messages from their profile, the research firm stated.

These scams are able to spread across the network as users think that online friends have posted the message, seemingly linking it to the enticing material.

“The safest way to protect yourself from such scams, is to not click on unknown links in the first place, even if you think they’ve been posted by a friend. If you have fallen for these tricks though, it’s important to remove the applications completely, not just the wall posts, to ensure that you’re not helping the bad guys to spread the scam further,” suggested Graham Cluley, Sr. technology consultant, Sophos.

However, informed the firm, by clicking on the link and giving a third-party Facebook application access to their profile, users are helping the scammers to spread the application across their network of friends.

Typical scams include messages that read-
“OMG this girl KILLED herself after her dad posted on her wall: LINK”
“Amazing how such a harmless prank could cause something so bad!: LINK”
“OMG OMG OMG…I cant believe this actually works! Now you really can see who viewed your profile! LINK”