Thursday, April 30, 2009

Recent Facebook Scams and Annoyances to Watch out for

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I guess FBaction and FBstarter were the start of a trend after all. Since so many Facebook Phishing scams and other nuisances have been popping up lately, I decided it would be best to compile them into one post.

Here is the list of the recent Facebook phishing scams and bogus ads, according to their common names:
  • FBaction - redirects the user to fbaction.net via link in an email or Facebook message
  • FBstarter - redirects the user to fbstarter.com via link in an email or Facebook message
  • Joonias - Facebook message advertises the site joonias.net as a shop
  • Kromked - may include a captcha field that essentially redirects to sabl.ru
Of the above scams, I only actually received the Joonias.net one. It was simply a Facebook message with the word "hello" as the subject. The body contained the following text:
joonias.net - best shop!!
Yep, that's it. I tried going to the site in order to test the severity of the threat, and it looks like it is now just bringing up an "Address not found" error. Considering how fast Facebook addressed the FBaction scam, I wouldn't be surprised if they took action to get these sites shut down just as quickly. Kromked and Joonias appear to be attempts to increase the value of the respective domain names by drawing in hits, while FBaction and FBstarter are blatant attempts to steal sensitive information. Still, it is best to just avoid them in any case (Yeah, I tested them for your safety... I'm just too self-sacrificing right?).

As always, use of common sense and the following general guidelines will keep you and your information safe:

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  1. Question - I received the joonias.net scam via FaceBook email. I'm wondering if the sender purposely sent this out, or did the "scam" sent it out "on behalf" of the sender?

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