Just in time for Valentine’s Day: “Facebook Stalking” Apps

Oh love.  Anyone doing anything for Valentine’s Day? Yea me either. (Unless you answered “yes” to that question). I’ll probably just be unpacking boxes in my new apartment.  Alone.  Ugh.

Scammers are smart.  They spend 99% of their time trying to figure out how to con the average person & 1% actually scamming.  The holidays are considered primetime for scammers, especially V-Day. Why? Because your emotions are all screwed up and you’re emotionally vulnerable and sad. Just really sad. So naturally this is the time when the mother of all mobile (and computer) app scams pops up: the “Facebook Stalking” app scam.

Sounds promising doesn’t it?  The scam generally says something along the lines of– “see who views/stalks/creeps your profile”  then, curiosity piqued, you click the link.  Everything looks pretty legit.  Just like all apps it asks for access to some info in order for the app to work, and sometimes even has you enter a CAPTCHA (smart); but all it does is latch onto your profile, spam your friends’ walls and state how many times you viewed their profile (it makes up a number; it doesn’t actually know). That’s just the computer-version.

Now there’s a MOBILE version. Scammers are getting smart enough to develop apps? Why not channel that time & energy into something productive? I’ll never know.
Like I said last week BB users are too smart for this nonsense- so, that I know of, there is no fb stalking app developed for Blackberry; but there’s an iphone version! ha!
& this version promises to not only allow users to see who views their profile, how many times, and when, but also which pictures they view, and how long they spend on each portion of your site. (and it costs .99 cents. what a rip off).  What makes this situation kind of funny, besides the fact that there will never be a facebook stalker app (in our dreams, really), is the fact that the inventor this 17 year old kid, who in conjunction with some person from “MIT” MADE A VIDEO EXPLAINING it. Oh, it’s good stuff alright.  He shows us the “older version” of the design, which basically just shows peoples names + a number next to them (representing the number of times they viewed your profile, supposedly):

(PS I also like how this guy is cool with showing his friends’ first & last names.)

And he spends most of the video scrolling up and down really fast, and it’s all basic and really whack. He then states they take facebook’s data-compiling algorithm and “flip it on its head” and that’s that. Ok?

Moral of the story: Facebook + Stalking = Scam.


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