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Scammers are attempting to tap into users' concerns about social network privacy with a tool that supposedly allows surfers to monitor who's stalking them on Facebook.

The rogue applications supposedly offer information about who has viewed one's Facebook profile, and how many times it has been viewed. In reality the app, supplied by scripts that marks are invited to run from a website unconnected with Facebook, generates spam messages promoting the tool that are sent to victims' contacts on Facebook.

The message appear as either wall messages or direct messages, something of an innovation for this type of scam. The JavaScript-based applications rejoice in names such as "profile view" and "creepers".

Users fooled into using the tool are, of course, left no wiser as to who might be taking a keen interest on their activities on Facebook.

A full write-up of the scam, complete with screenshots, can be found in a blog post by Trend Micro here. ®

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