A wave of e-mails disguised as Facebook messages alleging that â€œHenry,â€ â€œIsabellaâ€ and â€œLukeâ€ commented on your photo is the latest in a line of spam and scams to prey on Facebook fans.
The Bitdefender Labs caught the new spam wave that takes advantage of the social networkâ€™s popularity and usersâ€™ gullibility to lead them to several compromised websites hosted on the top-rated â€œ.comâ€ domain or on Denmarkâ€™s â€œ.dkâ€.Â
The messages use Facebookâ€™s logo and e-mail format to lure users to malicious domains, which have hosted badware at some point.
- Delete e-mails such as â€œX commented on your photoâ€ if they arenâ€™t addressed to you personally, and donâ€™t come from your friends. This type of e-mail may bypass the e-mail servicesâ€™ antispam filter, so itâ€™s good to have an updated antivirus installed.
- If you did open the message, hover the cursor over the hyperlinked text. If it doesnâ€™t lead to the official www.facebook.com website, itâ€™s a scam.
- Avoid clicking on links in e-mail messages in general. Type the URL of the website directly in the browser and log into your account when you see the â€œhttpsâ€ sign in place.
- Be cautious when bypassing security warnings from your operating system and browser. Some websites may install applications that will harm your computer.
- Install a social media security tool such as Safego. Itâ€™s free, easy to install, and will protect you and your friends from the latest online dangers both on Facebook and on Twitter.
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This article is based on the technical information provided courtesy of Daniel Ichim, Bitdefender Spam Researcher.