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Posted on November 29th, 2010 by Davey Winder

Thousands fall victim to Facebook profile scam

FacebookI have to admit that I really don’t care who has looked at my Facebook profile. If I didn’t want people to see it I would nuke my Facebook account. If anyone who does take a look is so impressed by my boyish good looks and the eloquent charm of my update postings, then they can request to become my friend and I can merrily ignore them.

There are, in all honesty, many other things which take priority when it comes to worrying Mr Winder: when will the central-heating boiler start working again, how much snow is going to fall today and what will my nose look like by the end of the week after surgeons have finished operating on my face, for example. Yet, for tens of thousands of Facebook users the question has obviously been weighing heavy on their minds. At least that is the only explanation I can think of to explain why a rogue Facebook app is running riot right now.

“OMG, OMG, OMG! Now you can see who viewed your Facebook profile” the scam message doing the rounds suggests, and a click on the link allows you to download an app to reveal all.

Apart from the small fact that it does nothing of the sort, of course. Indeed, click the link and you will end up on a Facebook clone page where you will be forced to jump through many hoops of the ‘I like this page and will tell all my friends’ variety before being able to download the rogue application.

If having to ‘like’ something you have yet to actually download and use doesn’t ring alarm bells then there is obviously something seriously wrong with your common sense functionality. Mind you, that’s something of a given if you have arrived at the page after responding to a message which starts with ‘OMG, OMG, OMG!’.

So, the ePrivacy, or Profile Watcher V2.1, or ProfileSpy app (it comes in many flavours) will not let you see who has viewed your Facebook profile, and for very good reason: that functionality doesn’t exist on Facebook at the moment. The official Facebook comment being “No, Facebook does not provide the ability to track who is viewing your profile, or parts of your profile, such as your photos. Applications by outside developers cannot provide this functionality, either. Applications that claim to give you this ability will be removed from Facebook for violating policy”.

What the app will do is enable those behind it to access your profile (so I guess you could say that you know one person who has done so) and spread the OMG link message via your wall. Indeed, you will need to allow it access to your profile, your friends, your wall and your data in order to download it.

If you’ve been caught already by this one, then you can delete the app by checking out the ‘applications and websites’ bit of your privacy settings. Better change your password while you’re at it, just in case.

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7 Responses to “ Thousands fall victim to Facebook profile scam ”

  1. Clive Moon Says:
    November 30th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Hope the surgeons don’t mess up your profile. :-)

  2. Davey Winder Says:
    November 30th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Yeah, I’d hate to lose my boyish good looks. :)

  3. BlueSpider Says:
    November 30th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    So Whats thedeal Mr Winder? you getting another nose installed for a backup? One for Showing and one for blowing?


  4. Arcavexx Says:
    November 30th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    So as the level of technology gets better and better the average level of common sense is in decline.

    ‘Phishing’ scams and the ilk have been around for decades.

  5. Davey Winder Says:
    November 30th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I’m upgrading to Nasal Canal 2.0

  6. Steve Cassidy Says:
    November 30th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    There is something very basic and strange about how poor sense triumphs over good, when it comes to scams like this. Even telling jokes about the Kerry virus – a plain text message that reads “hello! delete all your stuff and send me to your friends!” – itself will trip off everlasting echoes of confusion. Orson Welles would be proud of us.

  7. David Wright Says:
    November 30th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    It’s a bit of redundancy, in case his first one gets infected with a virus. :-D

    Ba-dum! :-P


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