There is a new app scam lurking around the social media site Facebook.com. This one draws to the appeal of the user’s “ego and voyeurism” some have reported, and it is spreading like wild fire from user to user. The app in question is going by various names, including ProfileSpy and Pro Check. The facebook app claims it will offer insight into how many people have viewed your Facebook profile. The catch is you have to fill out a short survey and grant the app permission to access your information.
This scam has been prowling its way around the social network via status updates, which include a link to the suspicious service and text that reads, “My total facebook views are: 1245 find out your total profile views.” From the outburst of status updates it appears many users are failing for the deceiving promise of seeing your page views. Not only will this scam not show you what you want to see, but it is being reported that more than likely it will give whoever the scammer is behind this app some sort of commission. Facebook.com sent out a statement “the whole exercise exposes your profile to malware and shares your personal information with an entity that will send you more spam in the near future.” But there are many ways to protect you from scamming applications on the social web.
- Pay attention to what your friends say, sometimes you can learn from their mistakes if they say “This is wrong” or just complaining about the app in general. Don’t look at it.
- Never give access to an app that requires your information regardless of what they offer.
- Go into your privacy settings and block all applications. It is a pain of a process, but it’s better than becoming a victim of a scam.
- Do you research 9 times out of 10 what people post about facebook is usually balderdash.
Unfortunately this will not be the first or last time we’ll ever see a scam on a social media site anywhere on the internet. It’s not that people are naïve or too trusting, there some people who really have no idea the damage that can be inflicted to their computer by giving information over the web.
Here are what facebook.com users around Cleveland are saying about this newest scam.
“I don’t accept Facebook invitations from people or applications that I don’t know. Just common sense,” says Jody of Cleveland.
“A friend warned me about this last night. She fell for it and it hijacked her computer, but people are just ridiculous to keep falling for stuff like this over and over again” says Nick of Cleveland.
“If people would stop adding these applications the developers would stop making them. I’m on FB with no problems because I never add apps, never accept silly gifts that are just apps in disguise, it’s just common sense really,” say Xavier of Clevelamd.