Scam: New Update from facebook. Now you can check who visited your profile.

Scam: New Update from facebook. Now you can check who visited your profile.

Summary: A new Facebook scam is claiming the social network now lets you see who has visited your profile. This is false. Facebook will never let you do this, and you should not install apps claiming to do so.

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Facebook scammers are once again trying to take advantage of curious users who want to know which of their friends are visiting their profiles. This is a scam. The "Facebook Profile Viewer" and "Profile Visitor" apps are not something you want to install. Remember: Facebook does not give you any way to find out who has been viewing your profile, will never do so, and neither does any app or service.

This particular scam says something along the lines of:

New Update from facebook. Now you can check who visited your profile. check here -------->>>@[266343576787035:128:FAŒBOOK PROFILE VIEWER ®]<<<<------ Who Watching your Profile ? [Facebok user]'s Photos

The text "FAŒBOOK PROFILE VIEWER ®" is a link to the rogue app. If you click on the link, you have to permit the app to access your profile and install it on your Facebook account. It spreads by sharing the above image on your profile and asking your Facebook friends to Share it.

You should always be very careful about installing random Facebook apps on your account, especially ones that ask for a lot of access to your account. Take a minute now to remove all the Facebook apps you find suspicious. If you don't know how to do so, you can refer to the following guide: How to clean up your Facebook apps.

As a general word of caution, don't click on everything your Facebook friends share on the social network. If you see a scam like this one, report it. Then go check your Messages and Wall to make sure you're not spreading the scam; the sooner you clean it up, Unlike all relevant Pages, and uninstall all relevant Apps, the better. You can also contact Facebook Security if you'd like to.

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Topics: Security, Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • Ok...

    No doubt it's not a good thing to install... but why is it a scam? Do I have to enter my phone number? social security number? credit card number? What does it exactly do to scam me?

    *note: *I* don't need those questions answered, but some less savy may like to see what they just did.
    SuzukiChopper
    • Malware is the reason....

      In chrome you can use view-source:// instead of http:// and safely view the code. If you do you find links to zombie machines that invariably contain malware. With your machine trojanned, they don't even need to ask you about your bank details, they just get them themselves. That's why you don't do it!
      Travis Gee
  • Scam

    Its a scam because it's pretending to do what it doesnt.
    marvinsweb
  • ALL APPS ARE SCAM

    Yes all apps are scam I am fb apps developper dans I know that FB API does not allow access to this type of information. Meanwhile I noteced some strange behavior in the new facebook profile and I made a simple theory about who visited your facebook profile
    see here http://mon-ip.awardspace.com/who-visit-my-facebook-profile.php
    Jounayd Yacoubi