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April 6, 2011

Facebook Scam, Affects More Than 600,000 Users

A Facebook scam, which encourages users to click on a Facebook Chat link that claims to lead to a fun Photoshop photo of them, has been spreading quickly through the social network. More than 600,000 people have been affected at the time of this writing, with more than 88,000 users clicking on the app every hour as of Monday morning.

If one of your friends falls prey to the scam, you might receive a Facebook Chat message from their account which reads, “hey, i just made a photoshop of you,” along with a link. That link leads to the Facebook app which asks for permission to access your profile, much like with any other Facebook app. Granting access will take you to a page of pictures of animals with faces that look like humans while the app starts spamming your friends with the same message that led you to the scam

To remove the app from your Facebook profile, you can follow these steps. Browse to Facebook’s privacy settings, and click on Edit Your Settings, which is underneath Apps and Websites. When you have found the app in question (it is called ‘millium’) in the Apps You Use section, click on Edit Settings and the Remove App link to revoke the app’s access to your profile.

Recent research revealed that American users clicked on such scams most often, followed by users in India, the U.K. and Canada. As ever, we would encourage you to err on the side of caution when clicking links on Facebook. By telling your friends about such scams, you will help to protect them as well as yourself.