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SURVEY SCAM – ‘See Who Watched Your Profile’

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Facebook post claims that you can click a link to ‘see who watched your profile’. Clicking the link opens the ‘see who watched your profile’ app page. 

Brief Analysis

The post is a scam that attempts to trick you into spamming your friends and providing your personal information via dodgy online surveys. You will NOT get to see who watched your profile no matter how many surveys you complete.

Example

Please follow the instructions and invite all your friends, so that you can see who visited your Facebook Profile! Click On Invite Button!!!
Hit On Like Button

See Who Watched Your Profile Scam Message

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a post currently being spammed out across Facebook, you can see who has been watching your profile by clicking a link in the post.

Clicking the link opens the ‘see who watched your profile’ app page. The page asks you to follow instructions that will supposedly give you access to a list of people who have visited your Facebook profile.

However, the post and associated app page are part of a typical Facebook survey scam
You are first instructed to hit a button that will send a message to all of your friends inviting them to get a profile viewer as well. This effectively tricks you into spamming the scam post across Facebook.

You are also asked to click a ‘like’ button on the page. However, by clicking, you are actually liking a completely unrelated Facebook Page. This is just a sneaky way of building likes for the target Page.

After you have completed these steps, you will be taken to a second page that appears to host a list of users that have viewed your profile.

However, the list will be greyed out and you will be told via a popup window that you must complete and ‘offer’ to unlock the profile viewer content.

Links in the popup lead to several offers hosted on third-party websites. Some of the offers ask you to provide your mobile phone number to go in the draw for various prizes. But, fine print on the page will state that, by entering your phone number, you are signing up for an expensive SMS ‘quiz subscription’ that is charged at more than $6 per text message received.

Fees for these SMS subscription services can add up very quickly and they are often very difficult to unsubscribe from.

Other offers may entice you to provide your name, email, home address, and phone details. But, this information will be shared with third party marketers and may later be used to send you unwanted emails and letters and to make telemarketing calls.

And, no matter how many offers you participate in, you will never get to see the supposed profile viewer app, which does not actually exist.

This is just one in a long series of similar rogue app/survey scams that have been hitting Facebook users for several years.

Do not trust any message that claims that you can get to see who has been watching your Facebook profile. These claims are not legitimate. If you receive such a message, do not click any links that it contains.

See Who Watched Your Profile Scam Website

Screenshot of the fake popup



 

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer