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Warning out vs 'sex appeal meter' scam, execution hoax

March 30, 2012 9:14am
A computer security firm on Friday warned against a scam involving a so-called "sex appeal meter" app spreading on Facebook.

GFI Labs said Clicking the “How much Sex appeal you have” link, or sometimes a shortened URL, leads users to a page where the app requests for permissions.

"Allowing the app access to user profile, however, leads to two succeeding survey scam pages and, eventually, to a page where one can download a browser toolbar," it said in a blog post.

GFI Labs said the first survey scam page is displayed only to users in certain geographical regions.

It said access to basic user information and posting rights on Walls granted to the scammers behind “Sexappeal Meter” can be used for malicious purposes.

"Users who fell for this are advised to change their passwords as soon as possible," it said.

Meanwhile, GFI Labs also warned against a new hoax involving Youcef Nadarkhani, the pastor who was set to be executed in Iran.

The hoax called for outcry over his death.

But GFI said Hoax Slayer noted the image used in the hoax has been around since April of 2011.

"As of this writing, the pastor is pretty much alive and well," it added. — LBG, GMA News
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