Facebook Scam: ‘See Who Has Viewed Your Profile’

Curious to see who views your Facebook profile page?
You’re out of luck. Status updates, Facebook groups, and pages claiming to let users see who has viewed their Facebook profile pages are scams, often linking users to ad-filled sites.

In recent days, for instance, you may have seen your Facebook friends speaking in bizarrely adolescent chatroom vernacular:

“OMG OMG OMG… I cant believe this actually works! Now you really can see who viewed your profile! on [LINK].”

“If you’re tempted to click on the link, you’re taken to a webpage that encourages you to go a little deeper and permit an application to have access to your Facebook profile,” wrote Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos, in a blog post.

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According to Sophos, over 60,000 people clicked into the claim in a few hours.

But as Facebook noted in July, there is no way anyone can see who has viewed their profile, and no way others can create such a function.

“We’re working hard to block and remove websites, Pages, and applications that claim to do this. If you see one, don’t be fooled, and report it to us immediately,” the company wrote on its security page.

Clicking into these links usually directs people to ad-filled pages. Others might promise to exchange a profile-viewing feature if a user can generate enough likes and linkshares.

“If you’ve been hit by a scam like this, remove references to it from your newsfeed, and revoke the right of rogue applications to access your profile via Account/ Privacy Settings/ Applications and Websites,” Cluley suggests.

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