Unless you enjoy exposing yourself and those you care about to malware and spam, don’t click on anything touting a game based on the Twilight series of movies and books by Stephenie Meyer.
Our friends at Sophos were the first to point out a rogue application promising “Play Twilight: Breaking Dawn Be the first of your friends to play the awesome new Twilight game on Facebook!”
Unsuspecting fans are then directed to a Facebook page that looks like it is presenting an online game with the same name as the movie Twilight: Breaking Dawn.
Clicking the “play now” button results in a “like” of the game. The sham link is then distributed to the user’s entire network of Facebook friends. This transaction is so smooth, users may be completely unaware that they were tricked into “liking” the fake game and recommending it to their network.
Facebook users are then asked for permission to grant third-party access to their Facebook account. If given, scammers can then plant an online survey in wall posts and earn money each time a person completes the survey. Although they appear in typical Facebook formatting, the surveys are commission-earning imposters.
If you’ve been affected by the scam, delete the application by going to your application settings. Make sure you delete all wall posts about this game, and tell your friends to do the same. Whenever you see anything suspicious on the site, direct it to the attention of Facebook’s security team.
Readers, have you seen signs of this game on any of your friends’ walls or news feeds? And when was the last time you reported a rogue application to Facebook security?