Latest Facebook Scam

April 23, 2011 at midnight
Updated April 22, 2011 at 11:23 p.m.

By Alan Bligh

The Better Business Bureau is issuing a nationwide alert about an online company called Engine and Transmission World, which sells used automobile engines and transmissions. Complaints have been made about product quality, delays in shipment and delivery of goods, refunds and exchanges, and advertising and selling practices.

Consumers report receiving products that are dirty, damaged and faulty. They also report difficulty in obtaining refunds. Engine and Transmission World, which may also do business under the name SW Engines, has an "F" rating with the BBB.

This situation should put consumers on notice that purchasing parts online can be precarious at best. It's paramount to check these companies out at before placing any orders. Also, it would be a good idea to conduct a Google search.

More than 600,000 people have already fallen prey to the newest Facebook scam.

This is how it works: On their Facebook Chat window, users are receiving messages from friends that read, "hey, i just made a Photoshop of you." The message includes a link to a third-party application that asks for access to your profile, access you've likely granted to dozens of outside apps in the past.

Once you've fallen for the trick, the app distracts you with pictures of animals with human-like faces as it quickly goes to work spamming your Facebook friends via Chat. This scam is spreading rapidly-over 88,000 clicks per hour.

At this point, it is not known what the end game is for the scammers. So far, nothing malicious has happened once the apps are removed.

Alan Bligh is the executive director of the Better Business Bureau in Corpus Christi. Contact him by e-mail at abligh@corpuschristi



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