Debunking email hoaxes and exposing Internet scams since 2003!


Hoax-Slayer Logo Hoax-Slayer Logo

DividerDivider
Home    About    New Articles    RSS Feed    Subscriptions    Contact
DividerDivider
Bookmark and Share









Issue 170 - January, 2014 (2nd Edition) - Page 2

'Profile Visitors for Facebook' Rogue App and Survey Scam

Issue 170 Start Menu

Previous Article            Next Article

Outline
Facebook message claims that users can see who has been visiting them on Facebook by installing the 'Profile Visitors for Facebook' extension.

buisnesswoman using futuristic hologram to view social media

© Depositphotos.com/ Wavebreakmedia



Brief Analysis
The message is a scam. Attempting to download the "extension" tricks users into participating in bogus online surveys.  It also attempts to trick users into installing a rogue Facebook application that will spam their friends with more copies of the scam messages. Some variants may try to trick users into downloading malicious browser extensions. The supposed profile visitor viewer does not exist.

Bookmark and Share

Example

Profile Visitors for facebook, is a simple extension that let's you see, who visited you on Facebook! Finally know who has some interest in you!

"Everybody wants it. Now finally it is available and it's fun!"


Detailed Analysis
According to a message being distributed on Facebook, users can finally get the ability to see who has been visiting their profile by installing a  "simple extension" called "Profile Visitors for Facebook".

However, the message is a scam. The first page of the scam progression instructs users to "activate" the extension by clicking a button as shown in the following screenshot. The page comes complete with fake security and award badges:



Profile Visitors for Facebook Rogue App

Clicking the "activate" link takes users to a second page where they are invited to download the "Profile Visitors" installation file:

Profile Visitors for Facebook Rogue App

However, clicking the download link displays a pop-up window that claims that, in order to combat spam, users must verify themselves by completing a survey:

Profile Visitors for Facebook Rogue App

The survey links lead to suspect third party websites that urge people to participate in various online surveys or offers in exchange for entries into prize draws. Some require users to supply their name, address and phone numbers in order to participate. Fine print on the page states that the details submitted will be shared with other marketers who will use it to send advertising emails and letters and make promotional phone calls. Others ask users to supply their mobile phone number. But, by supplying their number, users are actually agreeing to ongoing SMS subscription services that are charged at several dollars per text message.

The people who launched this scam will be paid commissions via suspect affiliate marketing schemes each time a person participates in a survey or offer.

But, alas, no matter how many surveys users complete, they will never get to download the promised profile viewer, which never existed to begin with. Moreover, users will also be asked to install a separate Facebook application, ostensibly to allow the profile viewer to work.  If users give the app permission to access their accounts, this rogue app will subsequently spam out the same scam messages to all of their friends.  Some versions may point people to malicious browser extensions rather than Facebook apps.

This message is just the latest in a long series of fake "See who viewed your profile" scams that have plagued Facebook for several years.  Some are rogue app/survey scams like the example discussed here. Others are phishing scams designed to trick users into divulging their login details to criminals. Still others are attempts to trick Facebook users into relinquishing control of their Facebook accounts to Internet scammers by submitting their Facebook authentication token.

Any message that claims that you can see who has been visiting your Facebook profile should be treated with suspicion. No such functionality exists.

Bookmark and Share

Last updated: January 14, 2014
First published: January 14, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
About Hoax-Slayer

References
Facebook 'See Who Viewed Your Profile' Scams - Rogue 'Stalker' Apps
WARNING: There Is STILL No Way To See Who Viewed Your Facebook Profile
Facebook Profile Viewer Scam



Previous Article            Next Article

Issue 170 Start Menu

Pages in this issue:
  1. 'Paul Walker Still Alive After Accident' Phishing and Survey Scam
  2. 'Profile Visitors for Facebook' Rogue App and Survey Scam
  3. PG & E Energy Statement Malware Emails
  4. Fake Picture: 'Thailand Snake Girl' - Serpentosis Malianorcis
  5. Tom Crist Lottery Win Advance Fee Scam
  6. Legoland Child Abduction Attempt Hoax
  7. Fake Picasa 'New Photos' Emails Point to Dodgy Pharmacy Website
  8. 'Win a Disney Cruise' Survey Scam
  9. Bogus Advice - Block Hackers by Adding 'Security' to Facebook Blocking Function
  10. Fake - Giant Squid Image
  11. Commonwealth Bank 'eStatement Ready' Phishing Scam
  12. 'Singer Rihanna Found to be Dead' Facebook Survey Scam
  13. Satire - Pope Francis and the 'Third Vatican Council'
  14. Snow Canyon Roadway Image
  15. Albert (Tapper) Torney and the Can Car Sculptures That He Did NOT Make
  16. 'Your Atmos Energy Bill is Available' Malware Email
  17. 'Beware Hack Scam Rollercoaster Clip' Facebook Warning Message
  18. Sainsbury's 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scame
  19. Satire - '18 Million Birds Dead New Year's Eve'
  20. Hoax - 'Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado'
  21. Hoax Report Claims Paul Walker Faked His Own Death
  22. 'Shark Eats Swimming Man' Facebook Survey Scam
  23. 'Notice to Appear in Court' Malware Emails
  24. 'Most Fatal Car Accident' Survey Scam
  25. Hoax - Extraordinary Planetary Alignment To Decrease Gravity on January 4
  26. 'World's Largest Snake Video' Survey Scam
  27. Michael Jackson Died Years Ago Hoax
  28. 'My Home is Burning' Facebook Phishing and Malware Scam
  29. Facebook 'Closed for Maintenance' Prank