Haven't you ever heard the old adage, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is"? Well it doesn't just apply to things that are "good" -- it works for just about anything that sounds a bit unbelievable, like that Facebook is going to close all user accounts
. It's not gonna happen. That hasn't stopped a new scam from spreading via a rogue app that posts the following message to your wall:
Facebook is closing all accounts today. They can't handle so many accounts. Most of the old accounts are not active, so they are deleting everything. If you want your account alive please confirm your activity. This is the final notice!
At the end of the wall post is a link that asks you to install an app called 'Confirm your activity - Official Application' with the Facebook logo as its icon. If you grant it permission to access your information and post to your wall (which you obviously shouldn't do), it will immediately begin posting links to itself on your wall while distracting you with a scam survey that earns a commission for the conmen (or conwomen) behind it.
If you've been taken in by this scam first thing you'll need to do is remove it from your applications by heading to your privacy settings page, clicking on 'Edit Your Settings' under 'Applications and Websites,' then on 'Edit Settings' next to 'Apps You Use.' (Facebook is beginning to bury these settings more and more.) Once you've finally made it to the apps settings page, click the ''" next to the 'Confirm your activity' app. Then it's time to head straight to your wall and delete any and all references to Facebook closing accounts. And next time, remember: Unless you're 100-percent sure that a link on Facebook is legit, don't click on it. And if an app you're not explicitly trying to install asks for permissions to access your info, tell it no. We won't always be around to help you clean up your mess.