A new Facebook scam is circulating the Web, a mere three months after the ‘likejacking’ worm first appeared in thousands of newsfeeds. According to security firm Sophos, which discovered the scam, it “spreads via the social media site’s ‘share’ feature and could be costing users $5 a week.”
According to PC World, here’s how clickjacking works:
Joe MainStreet eyes a Facebook fan page, like “10 Funny T-Shirt Fails,” then clicks the “Next” button thinking he is advancing to the next page; Joe has unknowingly set the scam in motion. Though clicking “Next” seems like a logical step, it’s a dummy disguise for a “Share” button hidden underneath that posts “10 Funny T-Shirt Fails” to Joe’s page.
The scam doesn’t end there, however. Things really get going when Joe advances to step three, filling out a “revenue-generating survey” that asks for personal information to “enter a contest to win money, a computer, or other prize.” Little does Joe know, “providing your information will end up tacking an extra $5 per week onto your cell phone bill for a service called ‘The Awesome Test,’” according to PC World.
The scam can occur on any operating system, but the web browser Firefox offers a free plug-in called NoScript that will issue pop-up warnings about clickjacks. Download a version of Firefox and enlist a tech-savvy friend to help configure the set up.
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