Facebook Scam Targets Users with '150 Free Credits'
The latest scam to circulate around Facebook comes with the enticing offer of 150 Facebook credits virtual money that can be used in many of the social network's games and applications.
Appearing in users' newsfeeds, the messages read, "One time offer! Win FREE 150 FB credits for your top games NOW ! Limited copies left!" and are followed by a link, reported the security firm Sophos.
Clicking on the link sends users to a page that asks them to allow a third-party application to access their profiles. Once that information is given, the rogue application can post to users' walls and send e-mails from their accounts.
The next and final step in the scam asks for names, addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth in exchange for the Facebook credits.
Sophos warns Facebook users to be cautious of any offers that ask for personal information, even if they appear to come from a trusted source.
"Don't give scams like this the time of day always think twice before clicking on links, even if they seem to have been shared with you by your online Facebook friends," Sophos wrote on its Naked Security blog.
Facebook users can revoke the right of rogue applications to access their profiles by clicking "Account," followed by "Privacy Settings," "Applications and Websites," and then editing their settings within "Applications You Use."