Beware Remove your Facebook Timeline scams

Beware Remove your Facebook Timeline scams

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 reader, for instance.

Remove Facebook Timeline spam

You wanna get rid of Facebook Timeline?
It is very easy to accomplish this. Install the addon then get rid of the Time Line.

[I wanna get rid of it now.]

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.

Timeline remove website

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.

Timeline remove website

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 like a 1960s sci-fi TV show to me..)

Timeline remove website terms of service

For those who did bother to read the terms of use, things are pretty clear. Even if you don’t speak Turkish.

“If you are not living in Turkey don’t use this plugin, this is for only users who living in Turkey.”

Hmm.. My advice would be to avoid installing this software. And that’s even before malware researchers have analysed the suspicious plugins!

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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