Another malicious Facebook app is advertised with the aid of a hoax message. After world-renowned WWE wrestler John Cena has been falsely declared dead, now it’s Robert Pattinson’s turn to pass over to the other side.
“Robert Pattinson of TWILIGHT Died becuase nervous breakdown due of emotional stress. They found him laying on his bath tub along with blood. Police are now investigating. Watch the video on how the neighbors save ROBERT PATTINSON (18yrs & above) ->> [link to Facebook app],” reads the hoax message.
Users who make the mistake of clicking on the link are not taken to a video, but to a Facebook app that’s allegedly sponsored by USA Today.
The application requests permission to access the victim’s information, photographs and even make posts on his/her behalf, most likely in an attempt to further advertise the scheme.
As Facecrooks highlights
, this particular app is greedy. It doesn’t settle for taking control of the user’s account.
Once it’s installed, it presents the customer with a survey that offers a number of prizes, including $50 sweepstakes, Quick Easy coupons and other great items.
As expected, no one gets to see the video of Robert Pattinson dying and no one wins any prices, no matter how many instructions they follow.
In case you’ve already fallen for this scam and allowed the shady app to perform its malicious tasks, fear not, you can remove it from your account before it causes too much damage.
Simply go to the Account Settings
page, click on Apps
and remove it from the list of applications. While you’re at it, make sure that there aren’t any other rogue pieces of software attached to your Facebook profile.
Also, be sure to check out your wall and remove all the posts published by the app on your behalf.