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New Photoshop App Scam Lures Over 600,000 Facebook Users

Written on April 04, 2011 by R. Depp

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A new scam is currently victimizing thousands of Facebook users.

The spammy message, which reads “hey, i just made a photoshop of you,” is spreading virally since Monday via the Windows, luring over 600,000 users.

Users have been receiving the said message from friends, including a link that asks to be clicked so the unknowing victims could “View” the photos. Once clicked, the user is brought to an application window, asking access to account information like the user’s name, gender, photo, network, lists of friends, as well as access to Chat.

The users who click “Allow” are then taken to a site showcasing Photoshopped images of people’s faces on animals’ bodies, while the newly installed app does its job of spamming the user’s Facebook friends via Chat.

According to reports by M86 Security Labs, 88,000 people per hour have clicked on these links and that as of 5 a.m. today, an estimate of over 600,000 has fallen victim to this viral threat.

“At this point, we do not know what the end game is for the scammers here,” writes M86 Security Labs.

“The destination site results in no malicious infection and does not lead to a survey scam. Having access to a users’ Facebook Chat could allow the scam application to be used to send out other messages.”

Meanwhile, advises that, “If you’ve accidentally clicked this rogue link and ‘allowed’ the app to access your profile information, it is recommended that you remove the app immediately.”

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