November 17, 2010

Facebook scam in the wild: "1 year old girl who carries twin sister inside belly"

Jay Liew

The Websense ThreatSeeker Network has detected a bad URL quickly spreading through Facebook today. Our customers were protected proactively against this threat by ACE, our Advanced Classification Engine.


This is a classic social-engineering attack. The lure is a Facebook wall post enticing users to click a link. The link leads to a Web site that attempts to gain permission to post on behalf of the victim on other Facebook pages. This scam is able to virally propagate by then posting itself on all the pages that have been 'liked' by the Facebook user.


Always be cautious when clicking links inside of Facebook. In addition, if you have signed up for Websense's Facebook app, we can automatically delete such posts for you, or you can opt to receive an email notification that looks like this:

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