Free: Access to your friend list, permission to post on your wall and the green light to email you off of Facebook. Fortunately, the social network has disabled this scam application, which you’ll see explained in an update at the bottom of this story.
This latest scam promised free Facebook Credits, 150 of them to be exact. You know you or one of your friends got been hit with the bug if you’ve seen the following in your news feed or their wall:
Many people appear to have whored themselves out for a lousy $15 gift that’s way too good to be true. Okay the “w” word is a strong way to say everyone clicked on the blue button you see in the image below, courtesy of Sophos.
Like prior free credit scams and countless ploys promising other things that are too good to be true, people wanted to believe they were going to get something for nothing. Clicking on “allow” turned up what appears to be a commission-earning opportunity for the scammer. Every survey completed earned money for the spammer, while in the background the application itself virally.If you’ve already allowed this scam to have at your profile, do your pals a favor and remove all traces of it so they don’t make the same mistake you did. Delete the blurb from your news feed and then go to your privacy settings in top right-hand corner of your screen to get rid of the application altogether.
Notice while you’re there that you can remove unwanted or spam applications — we suggest you click on that option. You could also get more proactive and choose to turn off all platform apps. Extra credit: offer a friendly warning about such scams to your pals.
Now here’s the happy update we’d promised you: A spokesperson for the social network emailed us the following statement around 2 pm Pacific Standard Time.
Protecting people who use Facebook from spam and scams is a top priority for us. Apps that attempt to trick people into providing personal information or spamming their friends with invites violate our policies, and we have a large team of professional investigators who quickly remove these apps we detect them or they’re reported to us by our users.
We advise people to be suspicious of anything that looks or feels strange online – whether it’s an unfamiliar link in a message from a friend who hasn’t contacted you in a while, or a promise of something valuable if you take a certain action or provide personal information.
Have you seen this scam first hand or clicked on it yourself? What about experiences with prior free credit offers?