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Beware!!!! Facebook Video Calling Scam

As you all probably know by now, The recent introduction of a Facebook video calling partnership with Skype has garnered plenty of attention, both good and bad. As unfortunately there are certain Scammers looking to cash in on this opportunity by misguiding unsuspecting Users through a fake Facebook app .

This app , which goes by the name Video Calling, spreads itself through infected accounts by spamming the social networking service with links labeled “Enable video calls”. Clicking on the link will take you to the fake Video Calling page where you will be presented with a “Get Started” button.

However upon close inspection of the permissions, you will notice something odd. The app asks for access to your basic information, your wall, your news feed, and data access at any time.  Isn’t that a bit too much to ask ?? After those are some hefty permissions, and some of them like news feed, wall don’t have anything to do with video calls.

If you have not yet used the real service, you should know that it doesn’t install like a Facebook apps but is instead accessed through a particular page (https://www.facebook.com/videocalling). The beauty of this scam is that those who have only heard of the feature won’t be suspicious and more likely to fall for it.

Even though it is just a referral spam and there’s little harm done, Still you should be on alert for threats like this on whatever Social network you use.

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