Facebook scam: Guy that lives in my street killed his girlfriend today

Filed Under: Facebook, Rogue applications, Social networks, Spam

It's hard enough for us to keep the Naked Security site up-to-date with the latest scams spreading virally on Facebook - no wonder Facebook Security finds it so hard to kill them off.

This one has been spreading for a couple of days, posing as a news story from one of your Facebook friends that someone who lives in their street has killed his girlfriend.

Guy that lives in my street killed his girlfriend today

DAMN!!!! A guy that lives in my street killed his girlfriend today!! Take a look it's in the news : [LINK]

Variants of the scam read:

A young man killed his girlfriend after he found this secret message in her inbox : [LINK]

or

SHOCKING : He killed his girlfriend after he found a message in her inbox

As regular readers of Naked Security will know by now, clicking on such links isn't a good idea as they invariably lead to rogue Facebook applications. These trick you into "allow"ing them access to your Facebook profile, which means they can then post to your page and spread virally to your friends. The intention? To make money through revenue-generating scams.

DAMN!!!! A guy that lives in my street killed his girlfriend today!! Take a look it's in the news

Once again, the scammers on Facebook have proven they're prepared to stoop to some pretty sick depths in their pursuit of easy cash.

If you have been hit by scams like this on Facebook, and are struggling to clean-up your profile, here's a YouTube video I made which describes what steps you need to take:

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4 Responses to Facebook scam: Guy that lives in my street killed his girlfriend today

  1. Will this ever stop. Facebook, you really need to filter your Applications much better.

  2. NBR · 1285 days ago

    Actually, many FB users really need to practice a greater level of common sense and better personal responsibility when it comes to FB as well as web browsing in general....

  3. Who would be that stupid???

  4. I agree. I always look at alternative news sources, if I see one that I might want to see if it is real or not. I rarely allow applications.

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