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[Scam Alert] Facebook Chat hijacking continues to spread Spam

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”

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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.

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On the next page, you will see the list of applications that you are currently using. Click “Remove” next to the Red Cross.

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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.

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Vikram

Vikram is a Digital Media Strategy Consultant who helps small business owners grow their
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  • Hi. I am a victim of the spam and I couldn’t find it in my applications list when trying to remove it. I tried turning it off but it didn’t let me. Please help!

  • @ Jerry, good news is Facebook removed that application so it won’t show in your list nor will it show in facebook search if you type torsing or congood:) Nothing to worry.
    @ Chris you are welcome.

  • Sir, a friend on facebook sent me this message ”Hey, check out this girl, lol, she must be out of her mind for making that video!: bit.ly/eNYMXb” on chat. I unfortunately clicked on the link. Now, my friends have been complaining that I am sending them the same message when I am in fact not sending them the message. This means that my computer is infected. Sir, please tell me how to remove this virus from my computer and stop this problem.
    Thanking you in advance Sir.

  • i need your help !!! i unfortunately cliked on link shows nothing on my fb apps that link downloaded an file on my pc i opened it and the virus infected i think coz there are three unussual temp files running on my pc wen i end task them and del from %temp% folder my chat goes allright but everytime i restart my pc same files start again….. 🙁 please help sir !!

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