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Google+ invite scam

Steve
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Registered: 13-07-2009

Google+ invite scam

A rogue application is spreading via Face-book, claiming to offer easy invitations to Face-book's new rival in the social network market, ">Google+.
Many Facebook users have had messages like the following appear on their newsfeed:
Google+ - Get Invite
Unofficial Fan Page
Page: XX,XXX people like this.
If you visit the page, you are invited to allow a third-party application to access your Face-book account.
You should also exercise great caution about what third party apps you allow to access your Face-book records, especially when they are demanding the ability to post to your wall and grab personal information such as your date of birth and current location.
Nevertheless, if you are hungry to get a Google+ Invite or to find an easier way to encourage your Face-book friends to join you on Google+ then you might (unwisely) carry on regardless.
The next thing which happens is you are encouraged to "Like" the page. Remember, you haven't seen anything yet which impresses you at this point - so why are you recommending the page to your on-line friends?
Just in case the "Like" wasn't enough - you are now encouraged to invite as many of your friends as possible to also sign-up for the scheme.
What we end up with is many thousands of people who have given a third party application, written by persons unknown, complete access to their Face-book page. That means they can later use your Face-book account to post spam messages, distribute other money-making scams, steal your personal information, and post in your name.
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Registered: 02-08-2007

Re: Google+ invite scam

Posts like this warning others about possible fiddles are really helpful.
Keep it up.
Fortunately I don't use face book, twitter or similar programs.
Heloman
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Posts: 519
Registered: 30-07-2007

Re: Google+ invite scam

I recently read about a different Google+ scam .
However if you followed the links it took you to a Viagra website!
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/8616286/Google-email-scam-widening.html