Messages spreading via Yahoo! Messenger or via the e-mail deliver an interesting offer for 18+ eyes only. Recipients are invited to a Facebook-like network overtly declared or subtly implied to provide participants with adult entertainment.
The combination of baits in these cases is brilliant: Facebook or Facebook-like friend requests from unknown persons are already part of the arsenal of online socialization; the â€œadultâ€ ingredient spices up the mix as it theoretically enables the user to get straight to the point of online quests for amorous adventures.
Â According to a May 2012 study on social networking by pewinternet.org, 66% of online adults use social networking and 3% of these users say they see social networks as a means to â€œfinding potential romantic partners.â€ Though this figure appears very low, respondents can be reluctant to admitting they seek romance online. The actual proportion of Cupid-minded socialites out there may be higher.
Â Another thing to keep in mind is that Facebook does not allow adult content.
Â This prohibition makes room for offers of alternative online socialization with a Facebook-like feeling but laxer rules on the forbidden fruit.
Â On Yahoo! Messenger, the message pops up unexpectedly. As it generally originates from an unknown sender with a cryptic id, it manages to raise doubts straight away.
Â The x-rated proposal is delivered with a link that fuels recipientsâ€™ curiosity with its â€œsinglesmixâ€ ending. Clicking the link redirects you to a web site apparently loaded with very explicit content.
Willingly ignoring the fact that the web site copies Facebook both in color and its self-qualification as a â€œsocial network,â€ users may tread on the path to sexual bliss, a path that conveniently passes through their neighborhood, as indicated by the â€œless than 15 miles awayâ€ note.
To access the content on this site you obviously need an account which, surprise, surprise, requires at least your valid e-mail address.
If none of the glitches pointed out so far made your security-minded brain cells scream â€œdanger!â€ then this is the point you might want to do a little checkup. Hereâ€™s what WOT says about this story:
Â Moreover, the testimonies of community members make the picture as clear as possible: this is a scam. It will take your e-mail address into spam land and might even cost you money for imaginary sexual services.
Â A similar situation is triggered by a spam message claiming to be a Facebook friend request, but which advertises a legitimate social network called FUBAR. It includes a link which directs users to web site that has nothing to do with FUBAR and everything to do with spam.
For those who must see to believe, a WOT report on the respective site reveals its true intentions:
Â Hereâ€™s a cold shower to conclude this red light story: hold on tight to your virtual pants when someone promises you a Facebook-like experience with an adult twist.
Â This article is based on the technical information provided courtesy of the BitDefender Online ThreatsÂ Lab.
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