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Facebook Tip: Learn to Spot the Spammy Apps

by Freebies4Mom on February 25, 2011 8:04 pm

Look for these red flags that tell you an application on Facebook is likely going to spam your friends for you. It’s so easy to think these “look official” because they use brand names and high-quality graphics to make you think the offer comes directly from the company. I’ve learned this from first-hand experience, it’s easy to be fooled but you have to learn from the experience. If you accidentally approve a spammy app, remove it as soon as possible and check your wall for anything it may have posted for you so you can delete it.

Red Flag #1: Asks to “Access posts in my News Feed”

Don’t grant access to your news feed unless it’s needed for interacting with Facebook from another program (like Photobucket). You don’t want other people posting things for you without your knowledge. If you grant access and the application’s purpose is to spam, all of your friends will start receiving the same comment from you on their latest status update. These comments link directly to the application, encouraging more people to accept it creating a viral spamming campaign.

Red Flag #2: Question the Source, Is it Real?

You can’t tell by the name, that’s because the spammers use brand names to sound “official”. And you can’t tell by the graphics (it’s easy to make something look official with graphics). Go to the brand name’s official website, then get to their official Facebook page from their website. Is this offer posted on their official Fan page? If not, it’s probably not the real thing. I know there are some exceptions where the application looks spammy but is official (i.e. free product coupon for Pringles Xtreme). But it’s a great idea to wait until the official Fan page confirms that it’s a real offer (don’t hesitate to ask them).

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michele k October 5, 2012 at 10:13 am

How do you not allow emails from every comment in a “group” on fb? I am in a few groups and get flooded with emails when there is a new comment, it’s very annoying.

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Freebies4Mom October 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm

You need to change your notifications. Next time you get an email click on ‘View Post on Facebook’ found at the bottom of the email. Then you can click on “Notifications” in the top right and then select “Off” by placing a checkmark by it. I hope that helps!

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KimS February 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I once clicked on something in my brother’s post thinking it was legit. It was a hacker and I ended up being charged $9.99 on my cell phone bill the next month. I was able to get it removed, however you have to be careful!

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Anonymous February 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm

How in the world did the hacker get your cell phone number? Did you have it
on your Profile? Just curious – sorry that happened to you!

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Hlbrown2002 February 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Thank you! I shared on my FB… but included the note that this is NOT a spammy app. LOL!

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Tdodger22 February 26, 2011 at 3:19 am

Loving your tidbits of great advice! Using everyone! Thanks for the lessons, very, very useful

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Jerrysgirl1978 February 26, 2011 at 2:22 am

Thanks for the tips. I’ve been hacked a couple of times and it is so irritating.

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Jerrysgirl1978 February 26, 2011 at 2:22 am

Thanks for the tips. I’ve been hacked a couple of times and it is so irritating.

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