In case you are curious to know how many people visit your Facebook profile, hold your curiosity. The app ‘My Total Facebook Views’ which has been doing rounds on the world’s most popular social networking site is yet another of those Facebook scams.
Scam Type: Survey Scam – Rogue Application
Dated: January 2011
Scam Signature Message On Wall: My total facebook views are: xxxx Find out your total profile views
How the Scam Works
Once you click on the Wall Post link, you are guided to a page as shown below. Here you are asked to install the rogue app “Views”:
If you accept and install the app, by allowing the application developer full access to your basic information, post on your wall, and access your data at any time your account is jacked and you are spreading the scammer’s message to all of your friends. You will then be taken to the following screen:
This is the end game, here the scammer makes you complete a survey. Each time someone completes a survey, they get paid. Don’t compromise your privacy and spam your friends with these bogus apps.
Never give a third party application this much access unless you are 100% sure of their intentions and authenticity.
Apps promising to show you who has stalked your profile, who has deleted you as a friend, how many profile views you have, etc. are all scams!!!
What To Do If You Have Already Installed these Apps
- Clean-up your newsfeed and profile to remove references to the application.
- Access your privacy settings and remove the application.
How to clean up your Facebook profile after a survey scam – Sophos
If you made the mistake of submitting your cell phone number for any of the surveys, then contact your carrier immediately to keep any bogus charging from appearing.
Warn Your Friends
If your friend has updated their profile saying that their profile has been viewed so many times, kindly tell them about the scam and ask them to delete the update from their profile, lest someone else clicks on it.
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