Beware Remove your Facebook Timeline scams

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Not everyone is a fan of Facebook’s Timeline feature. And that’s a fact of which spammers and scammers are happy to take advantage.

Take this spam message received by a Naked Security reader, for instance.

If you click on the link you are taken to a website created just a couple of days ago, whose domain is registered in Turkey.

If you take a look at the website, you’ll see that it encourages you to install a Firefox or Chrome add-on to remove the Facebook Timeline from your account.

Should you install it? Well, we’re still analysing the add-ons in our labs, but hopefully – at the very least – you would check the terms of use first.

What’s that? You never check the small-print before installing software on your computer? Shame on you..

In this case, the terms of use are all in Turkish. No English translation is available (although the authors helpfully point to Google Translate which transmogrifies phrases like “Remove Timeline” to “Escape Time Tunnel”.. sounds…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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