Let’s take a look at the latest in long line of fake stalker apps on Facebook.
This one is called “Profile Update”, and makes a number of claims in relation to tracking vistors while changing your profile background. “Change your background and see your stalkers”, they claim – installing their update will let you see who is stalking you.
If you agree to their terms of service (which are rather long and mention Singapore as being the base of operations for this one) you’ll be prompted to install the rogue application when logging in, giving access to your basic information, granting wall posting rights and letting it “access your data anytime”.
You’ll also be prompted to fill in the inevitable survey, which randomly decides to talk about “Profile Peekers 2.0” instead of “Profile Update”. It’s almost like they’re making it up as they go along.
While you’re busy signing your life away to coupons, fruit snack offers and fabric conditioner trials your wall will start to look like this:
Before the police come and take me away for questioning, I should mention that some of the URLs involved are foksrox21(dot)info and wurstbrota(dot)info. Please don’t be fooled by these stalker apps – scams such as these have been around since the days of Myspace, and they didn’t work then either. Wurstbrota is still live, but the foxrox URL currently redirects to a Formspring page. The rogue application seems to be currently unavailable too, so hopefully this is in the process of being shut down.