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Another group of malicious people have started a new Facebook scam that will spam your poor unsuspecting friends with wall posts and constant annoyances. Chances are, you will stumble across this scam via a friend who themselves fell for it. You may see a wall post or message that “tells” you how many people viewed your Facebook profile today. It will also give you the number of male and female viewers.

Of course, it is impossible for the app to grant you this information as Facebook does not allow developers to get access to any data on visitors to a specific profile. This does not prevent people from being interested in such a feature, and when an app like this comes along promising to deliver, people are far too quick to install.

Keep in mind that spamming your friends is only part of what an app such as this can do. When you sign up for a Facebook app you are granting them access to your personal information, and from there, one can only guess what they are actually doing with it.

If you already installed this app, you can lessen any damage by uninstalling it as soon as possible. Click the triangle on the top right of any Facebook page, click account settings and then apps. From here, you will be able to uninstall this app, which will be called “profile viewer,” from your profile.

Anytime you see an app promising you information regarding who has viewed your page, note that it is probably a scam and you should not grant it access to your personal data.

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Source: Facecrooks

  1. pj
    August 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    FB started sending out a message to my friends about a weight loss program I was recommending. Then it started sending out a link to go to about a photo in 1998 dot com and "I bet you don't remember that" message. FB friends started responding back with questions. As I told them it wasn't from me, I realized I'd been hacked and changed my password same day. Now when I try to log in to my FB account it's asking me to upload a government ID picture of myself. This just sounds way too wrong. I think I'm done with FB. Anyone else running into this?

  2. Emma Evony
    July 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Facebook need to review the apps before alowing them to be published. We're all sick of spam

  3. ayaanmalik
    July 31, 2012 at 8:58 am

    phones are better than girlfreinds atleast we can switchOFF

  4. vivek u
    July 31, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Thanks for the alert

  5. Michael Owens
    July 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Facebook continues to evolve & the user needs to be vigilant. It annoys me that I can be joined to a group without my approval & I then continue to get email updates that can be in the 100's even though I've already turned all notifications off.

  6. Alan Tong
    July 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    yup came across that spam. annoying

  7. Carolyn
    July 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks for letting us know about this.

  8. Curtis
    July 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Hey its me Face Book is my life im all ways on face Book

  9. sabih
    July 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    That's some scary stuff. Good thing I didn't install this.

    • Dave LeClair
      July 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Glad we were able to safe you!

  10. Manoj soni
    July 30, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Facebook

  11. vividvilla
    July 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Facebook should put some quality control over their apps like Apple do in itunes app store.

    • Dave LeClair
      July 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      I agree. They kind of have that in place for their app store, but standard apps like this can be made by anyone and published. It's up to the users to do their due diligence

  12. Myesha Tasnim
    July 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Hello

  13. Jonny Roder
    July 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I love Fakebooc!

  14. Sheeran Anwar
    July 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    True..

  15. Sana Ikram
    July 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    very bad

  16. Praveen Kumar
    July 28, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Ya, Facebook shpuld not allow such applications by third parties.... Facebook has became tha house of Viruses.,.. :@

  17. Fabrice Soopramanien
    July 28, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Users are so easily fooled sometimes when they are presented a feature that seems to be too good to be true !! :P !!

  18. Glen Quilat
    July 28, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Since all these scams came out, I've never tried any of these apps. It's tiring to block one when another App would appear and annoy the hell of your notifications.

  19. John Garrod
    July 28, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Would love to add this to my helis.

  20. Fai-Rose Hassan
    July 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    now i can make my friends believe!!

  21. Kyle de Veas
    July 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    You don't say...

  22. Nancy B
    July 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Definitely posted the article to my Facebook and advised others to delete! I don't think some people realize what some of these apps can do or the information they can take from you!

  23. Rutul Parikh
    July 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    It is a Facebook policy. You know? When you delete a photo from Facebook, it never really gets deleted. Only the link gets deleted, not your photo! I don't know what they do of such our details, but it is clearly not good.

  24. Steven Kim
    July 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

    always tell me pals to read the FB user policy..but noooo no one litsens :)

  25. itsbf
    July 26, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I can't believe people still fall for this stuff!

  26. Roehl Curioso
    July 26, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Thanks for the heads up!!

  27. Ibrahim Mezouar
    July 26, 2012 at 3:59 am

    I hate these apps! I'm flooded by their requests! and my dumb friends actually believe in them :p

  28. Adjei Kofi
    July 25, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    nice. thanks for the tip. I nearly fell for this app. it had to be wrong somewhere.

    • Dave LeClair
      July 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      I'm glad we were able to prevent you from making this mistake.

  29. tarzan2001
    July 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I'm surprised people are still using apps on FB, apart from the games. Security and privacy are already so iffy on FB right from the get-go...I would avoid any apps like the plague!

    • Dave LeClair
      July 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      If more users were like you these apps would go away! Sadly, they are not.

  30. B.Madhivanan
    July 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Dear Sir/Madam, I kindly request you to pls help me, My friend and relatives are there in my facebook account..from yesterday morning around 9:30 am when i log in it displays like this still now it remains same
    **Your account is temporarily locked. It looks like someone else may have accessed your account, so we've temporarily locked it to keep it safe. For your privacy, others cannot see your account while it is locked. To unlock your account, you may need to pass a security check. Note that attempting to access someone else's account is a violation of Facebook's terms. It may also be illegal. If you are not Happy Maddy, press Cancel.**
    i went to pass the security check it asked my driving license or any government issued id.. i uploaded my driver license.. still i cant access my fb account..so i request you to pls guide me to recover my account..

    • Dave LeClair
      July 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      You should ask this question on makeuseof.com/answers

  31. susendeep dutta
    July 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I don't like such nonsense apps which allows us to know such things which has nothing to gain.Thank you for reporting this.

  32. Joshua Cowper
    July 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

    There are so many scams of Facebook, not just the profile viewer ones. I wish people would use some common sense!

  33. Pavels Ostrovskis
    July 25, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Thanks for the heads up! Couple of my friends have installed it already, I'm glad that I didn't. It feels people are way more eager to install Facebook apps as compared to programs on their computer, while the damage they can do is comparable.

  34. Mark Thornley
    July 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    There must be a way for Facebook to control this stuff. 'Dislike'

  35. Verito Macías Mendoza
    July 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Thank's for the alert, I'll pass it to my friends

  36. Frag Ment
    July 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Alternatively, one could take the proactive step of going to that specific app (or page rather) and clicking on the 'Block this app' link preventing anyone from "mistakenly" including you in the request to enroll..

    I tried to look for 'profile viewer' sadly when I put it in the search box on facebook, there were a ton of apps that purportedly do the same so no idea which one you are specifically referring to MuO. If you could post a link here, that'd be great (hopefully no one enrolls for it by mistake :D), but then again maybe all those apps are the same so just blocking one would be kinda useless :)

    • Christina Dafopoulos
      July 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Just block 'em as they come up in your news feed...

    • Dave LeClair
      July 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      To make it simple, any app that claims to do this is a scam. Facebook does not allow developers to access this info, and if an app can say it can, it's being dishonest.

  37. George Coutts
    July 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on this app :-)

  38. Elaheh Sadegh
    July 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I just saw this too "Check if a friend has deleted you" sounds like another scam !!!

    • Dave LeClair
      July 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      That sounds like a scam as well. I would certainly avoid that.

  39. Reý Aetar
    July 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    except those apps those allov to log in and connect to other services and websites ht i daily visit and some apps like picmonkey i dont use any apps so no worry :D

  40. maggie
    July 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    thank you for the alert

  41. Elaheh Sadegh
    July 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I myself hardly use App on facebook , maybe I'm way too conservative. This kind of Apps are really suspicious and on the other hand so attractive for people who aren't into security issues.
    people should learn about how to use social network properly and be careful about what they are doing there.

    • Rutul Parikh
      July 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Even without Apps, your privacy is not safe. That is the case with most of the companies. They just give beautiful names such as 'Improve performance', 'Send application details' etc.

    • Dave LeClair
      July 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      I agree, people see something promising a feature they are looking for and do not even bother to look into it!

  42. denny Gl
    July 24, 2012 at 11:07 am

    why facebook allows such apps if its against its policy.i am getting lots of requests for profile view app

    • Achraf Almouloudi
      July 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      They actually don't review the apps before publishing them .

      • Taryn Emerick
        July 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        That explains a lot.

    • Muz Rileks
      July 28, 2012 at 1:15 am

      Yes facebook seem didnt alert into this issue

    • Dave LeClair
      July 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Yea, it appears as thought Facebook has no screening policy for apps like this. It falls on us, the users, to ignore these kinds of apps so they go away!

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