Sophos is urging Facebook users to be cautious after the discovery of a rapidly spreading scam targeted at fans of the popular "Twilight" teen vampire romance movies.
Scammers are pretending to be linking to a game promoting the upcoming movie "Twilight Breaking Dawn" starring Ed Cullen and Kristen Stewart. However, by clicking on a "Play Now" link, users are clickjacked into announcing that they "Like" the link, thus spreading it virally across Facebook.
The scam continues with users then being presented with a dialogue box, asking them to grant permission for a third-party application to access their Facebook account and post messages, updates and photos to their wall.
"Twilight fans could quite possibly grant permission without thinking. The only problem is that this isn't a legitimate application request, but a rogue application that wants to make money out of users’ devotion to the series of novels,” says Brett Myroff, CEO of regional Sophos distributor, Sophos South Africa.
“Predictably, having gained the ability to post to your Facebook account, the scammers then present an online survey that earns them affiliate commission for each person who completes the questionnaire. If Facebook users have been affected by this scam, they should clean up their account before any further damage is done.”