A new scam on Facebook has already claimed thousands of victims. The scam centers around the new social network, Google plus, and all of the buzz it has been generating. The scam is a fake application called “Google Plus Direct Access.” It prompts users to visit a page on the site that they need to “like” in order to see. When they do that, they are handing over personal information to unknown developers of the dodgy app. Users are then offered a fake invitation to try out Google Plus in exchange for spamming their friends with invites to try out the app.
This offer is not real, of course. There is no such offer that exists. In reality, users will only promote the app, which will then falsely claim that it offers a means to “invite 50 friends” onto Google Plus, which is clearly not true.
The whole scheme could easily be altered just a little bit to instead promote sites that harbor malware on running privacy-threatening survey scams. This scheme is already serving as an efficient spreading mechanism. It has been reported that this Facebook scam has already gained more than 15,000 fans in less than a day.
These kinds of Facebook scams are quite popular. They are preying on people’s curiosity and using publicized events and trending topics. Social networking users need to be careful also about what applications they allow as many of these applications are allowed access to your Facebook records. There’s no telling what they are planning to do with your information, but it’s wise to just be careful about these sorts of things.
If you have suspicions about something on Facebook, it might be a good idea to run a general Google search on it. Doing this will usually tell you if it is a scam or not.