Sunday, March 20, 2011

Removing Facebook Scam Apps

There's another new scam making the rounds on Facebook tonight. This one is a new "Teacher from Behind"
 video.   These types of scams entice you with provocative messages to click on their links and then gain access to your profile information. Other similar Facebook scams include:
  1. See Who's stalking you on Facebook 
  2. Valentine's Day Scam
  3. Japanese Tsunami video 
  4. Guy that Lives on my street killed his girlfriend today
And there's loads more!   These scams are spread on Facebook by folks clicking on the links.  So the first defense against them ... is DON'T CLICK ON THE LINKS!   And then tell your kids not to click on the links.  The next step is to educate your Facebook friends by posting messages about the latest scams and warning them not to click on the links.

If however, you find that you or one of your friends have clicked a scam link on Facebook, here's what you need to do:
  1. Log into your Facebook account
  2. In the blue navigation bar, click ACCOUNT and then PRIVACY SETTINGS
  3. Next to "Apps You Use" is a button that reads, EDIT SETTINGS (click this button)
  4. Scroll down the list and find the scam application and click the "X" to remove it.  Feel free to remove any other applications you may no longer be using.
Here's another article you may be interested in, called "5 Facebook Scams You Should Protect Yourself From".