Friday, April 8, 2011

"Facebook is Closing All Accounts Today" Scam is Spreading Very Fast

By Cesar Ortiz
A viral rogue scam application is reaching a high volume spread rate, possibly because it is geared for the millions who love Facebook. Users will be presented a message that reads;Facebook is closing all accounts today. They can't handle so many accounts. Most of the old accounts are not active, so they are deleting everything. If you want your account alive please confirm your activity. This is the final notice! [LINK]Users may be confronted with another message that says; “Final Notice - Confirm your activity today! In order to keep your account alive you must verify your activity! Your account will be permanently disabled if you don't take this step.”

Unsuspecting users that “select to keep their account” will be enticed by the alarming wording of the hacker message to click the link at the end of the message. The link takes you to a malicious rogue application, which attempts to present itself as an official application developed by Facebook itself, but is written by a malicious third-party. The intent is to gain access to your Facebook profile so they can post the same message from your Facebook page, spreading the message virally to all of your friends.

When permission is granted and the application is loaded, you will be taken to a series of surveys that make money for the hacker, to say the least. Users may be prompted to a phone scam that, if your phone is given, (more money for the hacker), you may end up paying lots of money for four trivia messages daily. 

To remove the malicious application check your Facebook news feed and remove any offending links that you might have spammed out to your friends. Hover your mouse over the top right hand corner of the post and you should see a small "x" which will allow you to remove it. Users that where victimized  and entered their mobile phone number, should keep a close eye on the cell phone bill and notify the phone carrier to prevent fake charges. Run your anti-virus and malware detection and cleaning software. If you are using MS Windows, use Windows Defender, it comes free with Windows Vista and above or can be downloaded free of charge at this Microsoft Link.

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