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What to do if you clicked on Facebook fraud

By Luciana on July 14, 2011 | Security basics, Facebook, facebook fraud, facebook scam, phishing, facebook phishing, facebook survey scam, facebook help, security tips What to do if you clicked on Facebook fraud

Facebook got more than 750 million active users (as of July 2011); this makes it very attractive for scammers. Even if you are extra cautious, it’s easy to get into trap as Facebook is flooded with various frauds. While fake news stories like “OMG! I Can't believe JUSTIN Bieber did THIS to a girl” are relatively easy to recognize others may seem quite legitimate like “Google+ - Get Invite” or “Facebook Video Calling”. What to do if you got misled and clicked the link to fake page/group/application?

1. Delete the posts made by the rogue app. Facebook frauds usually post messages on your wall and on your friends’ walls to keep the scam spreading. For example, if you clicked on “Free $25 Apple iTunes Giftcard”, the same link will appear on your wall. Delete the posts made by fraud so your friends don’t get involved into the same thing.

2. Delete the application / Unlike the page / Leave the group. Joining Facebook group or liking a page won’t do any harm (besides showing up on your profile which means your friends may follow your poor decision), but the apps are more tricky business. By accessing an application (especially a rogue one) you have to allow it to access your personal information.
You can find all applications you use at Account-> Privacy Settings -> Applications and Websites. Click on “Edit your settings” and locate “Edit settings” button or “Remove unwanted or spammy apps” button next to “Apps you use” section. Find the fraudulent application and remove it with no doubt.

3. Delete files related to the scam and run antimalware check.
If the fraud required downloading and installing any files, big chances are for the files to be dangerous for your privacy and security of your computer. Delete everything related to Facebook fraud and run antispyware + antivirus scans to be sure that no malware is left behind.

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