Outline Message circulating on Facebook claims to show the poster's "1st St@tus" message and claims that Facebook users can find their own first status post by following a link in the message.
The message is a scam. The link in the message goes to a rogue Facebook application that, once installed, can automatically repost the "1st St@tus" message to your wall. It will also try to entice the user into visiting spam websites where they may be tricked into providing personal information, downloading spyware or signing up for expensive SMS phone services. If you receive this message, do not follow the link or install the application.
My 1st St@tus was: "THIS Sunday everyone! It's a holiday concert! What better way to get in the spirit for the Holidays?". This was p0sted on 12/10/10
Find your 1st St@tus @ [removed]
This message, which is currently circulating very rapidly around social network Facebook, claims to show the poster's "1st St@tus" message and the date the message was posted. It also claims that the user can find his or her own first status message by clicking a link included in the post.
However the message is not what it seems. Clicking the link opens a Facebook page that requests permission for the "Your First Status" application to access your Facebook account information and post to your wall. Once you grant this permission, the "1st St@tus" message will be automatically posted to your wall along with a link to the application. The "1st St@tus" message and date keeps changing but is certainly not a copy of the actual first message posted by the account holder.
After granting permission to the rogue application, you will next be directed to another webpage where you are told that you must participate in one of several available "surveys" before you can view your first status post as promised. However, the "survey" links actually point to a series of spammy third party websites that use very deceptive and unethical marketing tactics.
Some of these third party sites ask you to provide contact and other personal information, ostensibly in order to enter a competition or be eligible for an "offer" of some description. However, the "fine print" on the pages suggests that the details you provide will actually be shared with other marketers and used to send you advertising material. Other sites in the "list" will suggest that you download "helpful" free applications or browser add-ons. However, far from being helpful, these applications and add-ons are in fact likely to collect data from your computer or display unwanted adverts. And some of the links also lead to suspect "survey" websites where you may be tricked into signing up for extremely expensive SMS phone services. These sites claim that you must sign up for such SMS services in order to receive the results of the "survey" in which you participated.
If you see this 'My First St@tus' message when on Facebook, do not follow the link in the message. Do not give permission for "Your First Status" application to access your account information. And take a moment to make your Facebook friends aware that the 'My First St@tus' messages are connected to a rogue Facebook application that should not be installed.