'Remove Facebook Timeline' themed scam circulating on Facebook

'Remove Facebook Timeline' themed scam circulating on Facebook

Summary: According to InsideFacebook, scammers are exploiting the negative sentiments surrounding Facebook's Timeline, and are currently spamvertising bogus pages.

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According to InsideFacebook, scammers are exploiting the negative sentiments surrounding Facebook's Timeline, and are currently spamvertising bogus pages attempting to trick end users into removing their Timeline profile.

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We have found 16 Timeline-related scam pages, which have collectively gained more than 71,000 likes. The largest, with nearly 19,000 likes, has been around for at least two weeks. These pages are among the top search results when searching Facebook for “timeline.”

Once the user clicks on on "Continue" or "Like" button, they will automatically become victims of clickjacking/likejacking attempt, and will spread the bogus link on their personal Walls. What the scammers are forgetting is that once the user starts using the Facebook Timeline, there's no turning back no the old profile view.

Users are advised to take advantage of Firefox's NoScript extension in order to prevent clickjacking and likejacking attempts.

Topic: Social Enterprise

Dancho Danchev

About Dancho Danchev

Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, malware and cybercrime incident response.

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  • RE: 'Remove Facebook Timeline' themed scam circulating on Facebook

    This happens everytime there's a change, and people still continue to fall for this stuff. *sigh*
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: 'Remove Facebook Timeline' themed scam circulating on Facebook

    Despite the numerous scams going around, there really is a genuine method to get the old profile pages back. Facebook have delibarately omitted to make Timeline work with Internet Explorer 7. If you view Timeline pages with Internet Explorer 7 (or set your existing browser to pretend its IE7), you will see the old style profile pages instead. If you want your friends to see your profile in the old style format too, you just need to point them to this solution too.<br><br>Theres a guide to setting up your browser to pretend its IE7 and thus disable Facebook Timeline here: <a href="http://fbpurity.com/disable-facebook-timeline.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://fbpurity.com/disable-facebook-timeline.htm</a><br><br>Please note that the FB Purity website and browser extension are safe, and have been reviewed and highly rated in The Washington Post, CNET, Lifehacker and PCWorld
    misterzee
  • Proof reading!

    [q]there???s no turning back [b][u]to[/u][/b] the old profile view[/q]

    Also, Noscript is not yet available for the latest Firefox.
    dubtek