‘Claimed my free iPhone’ spam swamps Facebook

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Scammers continue to make a mockery of Facebook security, with social networking accounts being abused to spread messages about “free” iPhones.

Claimed my free iPhone today, so happy lol… If anyone else wants one go here <LINK>

The messages have been appearing on the site for at least the last 12 hours, and are showing no signs of respite. And they’re just the latest incarnation of an attack that we have seen successfully impacting the site since the weekend.

If you do click on the link you will be taken to a “make money fast” website.

Sorry folks, there’s no indication that you’re going to get a free iPhone – but it sure was an effective way to make you click.

Interestingly, this latest batch of messages are say they were posted “via Email”. That’s the facility Facebook supplies to post status updates to your Facebook page…

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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