Your Facebook Profile Stalkers exposed? No, it's a rogue application spreading virally

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

Messages are spreading rapidly on Facebook claiming to reveal a way to find out who has been secretly viewing your profile.

Here are a couple of examples:

Profile stalkers on Facebook

Brilliant!! Now u can see all your profile stalkers! --> [LINK]

and

Profile stalkers on Facebook

WOW!! I can't believe that you can see whose viewing your profile. I've just seen my top 10 profile peekers and I'm shocked on whose Viewing my Profile. You can also see whose viewing your FACEBOOK PROFILE HERE: [LINK]

Clicking on the links takes you to a splash screen for a rogue application, and you are fooled by the promise of discovering who has been viewing your Facebook profile to give permission for a third-party application to access your account.

Profile stalkers on Facebook

Want to see who views your Facebook profile?

This is amazing!

Now you can see who is viewing your profile and find out how many profile views you got. Just use our application and press button below and then Allow to analyze your Facebook profile!

Obviously you shouldn't grant permission on the following screen for the application to access your Facebook profile, but an alarming number of users appear to have no qualms about exposing their confidential information and degrading their security in this way.

Profile stalkers on Facebook

The problem is that this isn't a legitimate application request. A rogue application wants access to your account so it can spread the messages and its link even further, spreading the campaign virally across the social network. The goal? To earn money by driving traffic to an online survey.

Profile stalkers on Facebook

Notice that the survey presents itself in a convincing Facebook style, which may trick some users into believing that it is legitimate.

If you've been affected by this scam, you should clean up your account before any further damage is done.

I've made a YouTube video where I show you how to clean-up your Facebook account if you were hit by this, or similar scams on Facebook:

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You could also do a lot worse than check out our best practices for better privacy and security on Facebook guide.

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3 Responses to Your Facebook Profile Stalkers exposed? No, it's a rogue application spreading virally

  1. "UGH", is all I have to say!

    Why do people STILL fall for this crap!!!

  2. I wan't to see who's visitting on my Facebook Profile.

  3. DeWayne · 701 days ago

    Thanks. Suspicions confirmed. The internet is not for the intellectually unarmed. Stop by a 3 card monte table and pretty soon you're going to think you have it figured out. But that guy already has you figured out. What a fun planet!

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