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How the scam works:

Facebook recently launched a new video chat service, called Video Calling, which is powered by Skype. Taking advantage of the hype, scammers came up with a fake video chat application, which is a replica of the official feature.

Whenever you try to open the fake application, you are asked to approve it and grant permission to access personal information, to post messages on wall and access posts in News Feed. If you do, it automatically posts a message on your wall which leads to a survey page.

The trick here is that the scammers get paid a commission when they provide people to answer the surveys. Alternatively, downloading the fake app leads to the installing of malware programs, similar to the case presented in the Shocking News scam.

How to avoid:

It’s a tough one, when it comes to recognizing which one is real. Do not click on such messages and remove/delete any wall posts referencing “Video Call” or “Enable Video Calls”. If you are not sure, check the Facebook’s How to Access Official Facebook Video Calling Service.

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