I just got a request from one of my Facebook groups to look at a "short video" about an amazing new Facebook application that would make me "lots of money". The video explains how this brand new application that allows people to turn wall posts into text messages is going to be a huge success- and that the best part is that you'll make money for all of your friends you send the application to and then all of the friends they send the application to, and so on. The only catch, of course, is that you have to pay $6 for the application. In the video, developers Shawn Pringle and Scott Messina identify themselves as people you can trust because they are "Facebook users" themselves.
The whole thing stinks. Upon a quick Google search of chattotext, I found a bunch of "blog posts" on the topic, all of which but one from allfacebook.com were planted by creators of the scheme or early buyers. The worst post though is one that on the surface appears to be from Mashable, but in fact is a post today from the "chattotext" profile in Mashable's community which begins:
"Amazingly, FACEBOOK is into MLM... you have the NEW ChatToText application which makes it possible to earn thousands of dollars a month just for inviting friends to sample it out! Just click the link below to view a 4-minute video that shows you how you can start minting cash today! Got 4 minutes?"
The company's website , while attractive and tempting to visitors, has no address, phone number, company history or contact info besides one email address.
MAKE NO MISTAKE: THIS APPEARS TO BE A A PYRAMID SCHEME. The application is most definitely a violation of Facebook's terms of service, specifically, that users agree not to "upload, post, transmit, share or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, solicitations, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation".
I reported this application to Facebook of course. The folks behind this scheme definitely launched it on a Saturday so that they could get the most traction on this before Facebook shuts it down- I believe Facebook will undoubtedly shut this down within a few days- and I have to believe their lawyers will go after a company that is writing stuff like "Amazingly, Facebook is into MLM..." [Multi Level Marketing]. But in the meantime, this application has 2300 users already. In the hopes of keeping thousands more from wasting $6- please spread the word!
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