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A new survey scam has hoodwinked thousands on Facebook. Users are being induced into filling out a worthless survey on the false promise of a dubious reward - a reminder of their first ever status message on the social networking website. These false promises appear as status messages from already fooled surfers, touting a …

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  1. raivn

    Facebook Apps

    I thought they were all scams?

  2. Fuh Quit
    Thumb Up

    Life is like a box of chocolates.....

    Honestly, people are darn stupid. Free iPhone, See Who Viewed Your Profile and now See Your First Ever Message on Facebook.

    If I was a scammer, I'd be filled with glee at the huge number of stupid people on this planet :-D

  3. GeorgeTuk

    Ha ha ha!

    Seriously people will do anything for anything on the internet.

    Doing a survey to find out you first ever status, there must be better things to be doing? Maybe not in some peoples lives...

  4. GeorgeTuk

    Moderation

    Facebook clearly needs some kind of moderation, if they can't spare the cash (really!?) for internal staff then they should implement a peer review community to check these out. Even a Stars rating would help.

    I was almost duped into a LinkedIn app the other day but it just didn't look quite right so I looked at the comments and right I was, if thats the only warning then something needs to be done.

    1. jjbd

      Category difference

      See Who Viewed Your Profile does exist on other social network sites... called 'footsteps' on the big Japanese one, as I recall...

      1. DAN*tastik

        They're called tracks on a british one

        Gaydar if I am not wrong.

        But I could be wrong.

        I only know because a friend of a friend of mine once told me a long long time ago.

    2. Kubla Cant Silver badge

      LinkedIn...

      ...Facebook for people with jobs (or hoping to find jobs).

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      They do...

      They allow application ratings (which can include comments) and each application page has a "Report this application" link on it. But the sort of people who follow these sort of links probably wont look at the ratings nor are they likely to click on the report link.

      FB are tightening up on developer accounts - you now need to authenticate using a confirmation code sent to a mobile phone.

    4. Bucky 2
      Pint

      Nonsense!

      No, no, no!

      Living in a free society is the freedom not just to make decisions which others consider wise, but the freedom to make decisions which are foolish. Being an adult means taking responsibility for your own actions.

      It isn't Facebook's responsibility to protect people from themselves.

      1. Allan George Dyer Silver badge
        Flame

        Do you really want your definition of "a free society"?

        Where there are no electrical safety regulations, any con-man can sell fake shares, airlines don't check their planes for metal fatigue (after all, you decided to get on the plane, it was YOUR responsibility to check the safety).

        It is not just adults that should take responsibility for their actions, so should corporations. Facebook is providing a service (what service to who is another question), so it should have the responsibility to consider the implications of misuse, and provide a mechanism to at least help people protect themselves, e.g. moderation.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What kind of person cares so much about their first status message that they

    would fill out a ton of paperwork just to see what it was? When the fact that they can't remember clearly indicates that it wasn't interesting or important.

    Imagine if I said "give me £50 and I promise to go to the local sewage treatment plant and find the first ever turd you flushed down all by yourself when you were a child" and for your £50 I'll just crap on your table right in front of you.

    That's essentially what this scam is. A viciously evil hoax perpetrated on people so dense that they probably deserve it.

  6. IR

    Really?

    Do people actually fill out these surveys with real information?

    1. nickrw

      Re: Really?

      Your average facebook user is entrenched into the belief that giving facebook their identity is the done thing.

      Given that your average user is also unlikely to understand how facebook apps work in any great detail, and the fact that facebook does not make it overt that you are talking to a 3rd party, I would be unsurprised if many thought it was just 'part of facebook'.

    2. Greemble
      Badgers

      Really need a title?

      The scammers don't care, they get a commission just for it being filled out.

      No idea if the survey owners care or not - never filled one in to see what questions they ask.

    3. BongoJoe
      Badgers

      Yes

      And it's the same people time and time again.

  7. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge
    FAIL

    oh bugger

    That says it all folks

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Heart

    a substitution is required

    For every Facebook article please search and replace "user" with "dumb-ass"

    This is a much more clear description without further explanation necessary.

    1. Brezin Bardout

      Another substitution

      For every El Reg article please search and replace "anonymous coward" with "dumb-ass"

      This is a much more clear description without further explanation necessary.

  9. Joe Drunk
    Pint

    ooh nooss back to friendster i gooos

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

    why do all these scammers do these things?!? i just want to be popular on the interwebs and my pc keeps getting slower!! i just want to be popular and make friends with everybody lol ;)

    pls lol

    oo a new post on my fb wall for security tool to fix and speed up my pc :) goody goody gumdrops

    now i can be popular and safe ;) lol

    Sorry...it's Friday, I just came back from a liquid lunch and couldn't help portraying what I perceive to be your typcial user of any social networking site.

  10. Secret geek
    Paris Hilton

    1 of the stupid people.

    Just thought I'd comment as one of the muppets that installed this app. Didn't fill out the survey, just saw it, thought 'arse' and deleted it. Did inspire me to get rid of a whole bunch of other shitty apps that I'd installed over the years though so I suppose it was actually quite useful.

  11. JB
    FAIL

    Hey!

    Where's my $1000 Walmart Gift Card you bastards???

  12. Studley

    It's actually extremely easy to find this information yourself.

    If anyone actually wants to find out their first status message, all they need to do is go to their Account Settings page, and click the "Download your information" link. It's recently-launched, and compiles a zip file of all your pictures and posts from Facebook, and is the first genuinely useful thing to come out of Facebook in a long time.

    1. Charles Manning

      Rubbish

      The first, and only, genuinely useful feature in Facebook is unsubscribe.

      Getting a zip of your mirror-gazing no doubt to be burned onto a golden CD ROM, framed, and put on the mantel is hardly useful.

    2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Beautiful

      So you can now get in one file all the inane and useless blabber you posted on Facebook by uploading it from your PC ?

      And you call that "genuinely useful" ?

      Interesting.

  13. RegGuy

    Facebook?

    What's that then?

  14. dapneym
    FAIL

    Really...?

    If someone honestly wanted to find out their first status, they could probably do so on their own in the time it takes to fill out a survey...

    Or people could just not care and get on with it. I'm pretty sure most status updates people post aren't exactly literary gems anyway.

  15. Arctic fox
    Troll

    Nonspesified deity on a prosthetic!

    From the article:

    "The latest scam is noteworthy not because of its basic premise, which is unoriginal, but because it has spread widely in a short period of time since first appearing on Thursday."

    The speed with which such "infections" spread is directly proportional to the number of d***heads who install the app. This in turn gives us a very clear statistical picture of the number d***heads who use what should now be renamed as (Silly)ArseBook.

  16. Eddy Ito Silver badge
    Grenade

    I get these by email all the time

    Usually it appears to come from a friend and the subject line is always the same. It reads, "Joe Blow has invited you to be his friend on Facebook!" From there it's little more than a link to a page that wants all your private information in exchange for more spam. I hear they even made a movie about the scammer running the whole thing. Go figure.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Fakebook

    Hardly suprising - in the 'real' world, people fall for all sorts of scams, usually out of greed.

    One born every minute, two to take them.

    I ditched my facebook account over a year back & created a pretty much blank one, just so I can view photo's etc. of family & friends who insist on using it.

    It's the reason I joined the damn thing in the first place - dragged in kicking and screaming.

    Now I have to develop stupid facebook apps for the damn thing at work, which reminds me of coding for ie5.5 - it's a nightmare.

    It seems, no matter how I try, I can't get away from Fakebook.

    Paris, because she's fake.

  18. ysth

    And this is different from other Facebook apps...

    And this is different from other Facebook apps just exactly how?

  19. mrobaer
    Go

    lol

    I love reading the comments on facebook articles. If I am to believe the statistics* that about 29% of the people on the internet have facebook, I wonder what the odds are that a facebook hater-troll has a facebook account?

    * http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats25.htm

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