Free makeup scam spreads rapidly across Facebook

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A scam targeting women on Facebook is spreading very rapidly across the social network, pretending to offer free makeup.

If you see a message like the following being posted by one of your Facebook friends, do not click on the link.

anyone want some free makeup? ive just ordered mine for free and i thought i would post it here before the offer runs out. its stuff like mac, maybeline, estee lauder etc! The site is: [LINK]

Of course, many women on Facebook might be tempted by the offer of free makeup and (without thinking about the possible consequences) click on the link, especially as it appears to have been shared with them by one of their online friends.

If so, they will find that they are taken through a sequence of pages which encourage you to give permission for a rogue application to access your Facebook profile.

Once the third party application has been given permission to access your Facebook information and post messages to your…

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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