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Facebook ‘dislike’ button scam

17th August 2010

Facebook users are being warned about a scam offering them a chance to install a ‘dislike’ button.

Sophos is highlighting the scam to Facebook users and says it is the latest of a string of viral online survey scams. Some variations of the wording designed to tempt users to click on the link to download the ‘dislike’ button include:

“I just got the Dislike button, so now I can dislike all of your dumb posts lol!!”
“Get the official DISLIKE button NOW!”

Initiating a download of the button tricks users into giving the application permission to access to their profiles, posts spam messages on their accounts and asks them to complete an online survey. The online survey earns scammers money while the message and link is spread virally to users’ Facebook friends.

Recent similar Facebook scams include “Justin Bieber trying to flirt”, “Student attacked his teacher and nearly killed him”, “Anaconda coughs up an entire hippo” and the “world’s worst McDonald’s customer”.

Protect yourself from Facebook scams

Sophos is warning people not to click on links that they can’t verify.

Action Fraud also reminds Facebook users that allowing access to personal information via social networking websites like Facebook can result in identity theft and fraud.

Anyone aware of scammers operating on Facebook should report it directly to Facebook, using the 'report' links near the content. Anyone who has lost money as a result of fraud taking place online, or via any other medium, can report it to Action Fraud.

Read more about the Facebook ‘dislike’ button scam on Sophos’ website.

Please note: Action Fraud is not responsible for the content on external websites.

To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

See also: 
'Anaconda coughs up an entire hippo' scam hits Facebook
Do you really know who your Facebook friends are?
Online fraud