Facebook Black? Beware widespread scam hitting social networkers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Have you seen an image like this in your newsfeed, shared by a Facebook friend? Or spread via an event invitation?

If so, think twice before you click on the link – or you could be helping scammers earn money through survey scams or even make it easy for someone to hijack your account.

Messages and images inviting users to change the colour of their Facebook pages from the traditional blue have been appearing in rising numbers over the last few days, enticing users to click on a link to a third-party website.

When I investigated, and clicked on the link from a test account, I was bounced through a few website redirects before ultimately landing on a page entitled “Change your Facebook Color”.

“Are you sick fo that boring old blue theme? Well now you have the power to change your facebook color to anything your heart desires.”

Rather presumptuously, the page has already ticked my acceptance of the page’s terms and conditions.

Before I knew…

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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