1 lost message on Facebook? Spammers pull a fast one with bogus notification

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Facebook claims to have more than 750 million active users, and many of them would have steam coming out of their ears if they thought they had lost a message from one of their Facebook friends.

And that’s exactly what spammers are banking on in their latest campaign, where they have sent out messages pretending to come from Facebook:

Facebook sent you a notification

You have 1 lost message on Facebook, to recover a message follow the link below: [LINK]

FAQ: Can you recieve messages if your inbox is full?

The spammers might also like to check their dictionary next time they compose an email. They’ve spelt “receive” incorrectly – as my mum always told me, it’s “i before e, except after c”.

Of course, in your hurry to read a missing message you may not have noticed the spelling mistake and may have blindly clicked on the link.

Can you guess what you’ll find at the other end?

Well, I must admit I was fully expecting to come…

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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