Antivirus makers Sophos discovered the scam a few weeks ago. They said that the scam has already collected a total of 45,000 passwords and login information from Facebook.
In a blog post, the company explained that the scam works by asking FB members to click on a series of links that will enable them to change their profiles background color. This usually includes a survey hosted by a site outside of Facebook.
Graham Cluley of Sophos wrote, “Predictably, the point of all of this sharing is to drive more traffic to the scammers’ link where an online survey will pop-up. The more people who take the survey, the more commission that the scammers will earn.”
He also added that the scam usually uses the tricks that past scams have used to spread viruses throughout Facebook. This includes instructions to share links to their friends and comment on their profiles.
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