Since yesterday I have been receiving a strange chat message followed by a link from many Facebook buddies. DO NOT click the link just ignore the messages it is a scam to gather all your Facebook information and use it to spread spam through e-mails. The message looks like this:
Hey, check out this girl, lol, she must be out of her mind for making that video!: bit.ly/eNYMXb
What does it do?
On clicking the link, you will be directed to an application called “Torsing” or “Congood” and you will be asked to allow the application to access your basic profile information and any other information shared with everyone on Facebook.
Most people don’t care about the message and continue by pressing “Allow”
Here you can see, you allowed the Scam application to Access Facebook chat.
The scam application which is a malware will now send the same scam message to all the hundreds of users in your list. Hence if you come across such message followed by a link in chat, ignore it, or on this page, you may click the “Report App” link and help Facebook keep spam at bay.
I am a victim of such scam, What do I do?
Do not panic, First thing to do is change your password to be on the safer side.
Goto > Account > Account Settings > Password.
If you are using Facebook Chat GO OFFLINE. This will stop the spreading. Facebook blocks such application as they get reports from many users. I am not sure how much time it might take for Facebook to remove the app, couple of days or even a week.
Now, Go to your Application list through setting and remove this app.
Goto, Account > Privacy Settings> Edit your settings.
On the next page, you will see the list of applications that you are currently using. Click “Remove” next to the Red Cross.
now, on the next page click the edit settings link of the application you want to remove and then “Remove App.”
If you have more such spammy or suspicious applications in your list, I suggest you delete them all.
You may receive similar messages with the text:
“Haha, I am going to look like a Sharpie in 20 years! See what you will of look like here: bit.ly/ek8UcF”
“Hey, check out this girl, lol, she must be out of her mind for making the video That!: bit.ly / eNYMXb”
“OMG: This girl killed herself after her FATHER posted this message on her wall: bit.ly/hiht3w”
Ignore or Report the application.
If you come across more such Scam messages kindly update in comments to make people aware and keep Facebook clean.