Facebook survey scam alert [updated]

[Updated: at the time I posted this, I also dropped a line to Graham Cluley, who has a lot of experience with dealing with these. He tells me that he can't find this scam live anywhere currently, but the page is still up at time of writing, and he's sent it over to FB security to be on the safe side. You may notice a comment below asking about remediation for this kind of attack: there's a shedload of links to various useful resources over at my Checkchainmail blog, which is devoted to a variety of scams, not just chainletters and hoaxes.]

I'm lapsing into Graham Cluley territory here, but I've become aware of what seems to be yet another fake survey scam:

This American GUY must be Stoned to Death for doing this to a GIRL (NO SURVEYS)!

This has only just hit my radar, but  postings on Gabberface and elsewhere suggest that it there is no video and there is indeed a survey. (Scammers do this because they can make money out of it…)

More information when and if available.

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
ESET Senior Research Fellow

Author David Harley, ESET

  • June

    My friend posted on facebook that she did not post it and not to click on it and to check our own. After I read that, my husband's facebook showed the American guy post  and also one about "I will never text again" that my friend also warned of. What is it and how do we get rid of it, please?
    Thank you.
    June

  • David Harley

    Several survey scams have hooks like "I will never text again". You need to remove it from your applications list, status updates and newsfeeds, which isn't actually difficult in principle. I guess that's why people who specialize in this stuff (I don't, particularly) tend to skip that bit. I've put up quite a few pointers at chainmailcheck.wordpress.com to resources that may be useful to you, but I may come back to that here, too. Not right now, I'm afraid. Too much competition for my attention.

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