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11 Responses to PREVENTING SPAM scam on Facebook does exactly the opposite

  1. Peter L · 1203 days ago

    Curious that these messages are sent 'via IPone', even when the user is known not to have one...

    • yakulto · 1203 days ago

      it was using the application id of the facebook for iphone app in sending those number of requests that people starting churning out after clicking the link.

  2. yakulto · 1203 days ago

    facebook also deleted posts matching the exact text from the spam postings. I reposted it as plain text (without the offending link) and the post disappeared from my wall suddenly.

    I am also surprised to learn that the javascript was obfuscated? tracked down a copy of the javascript in plain text while trying to analyze the spam.

  3. yakulto · 1203 days ago

    ... and they put in captcha if you type into your status the phrase "VERIFY MY ACCOUNT"

  4. Hi Sophos, Thanks a lot. for this Great Alert. Keep us inform.
    I am a victim of this type of scam at facebook, the other day with a catchy headline someone posted a video at my page and i just opened it and it went on to all my contacts pages and i tried to remove it, all in vain and within a fraction... of second i received a msg from facebook that you are banned for few hours for this activity. Indeed i am innocent in this and the great facebook blamed me for this, what i feel is a pure negligence of facebook which allow such scam video's in their pages, now i am happy to know from this post that they have taken some quick action to stop such scam or virus activity of others. Thanks Sophos for the alert, i noticed this from my friend Gust Mees’s page. Thanks Gust for the alert. Keep inform, facebook said few hours ban but now almost 24 hours over i am still in dilemma i can't post any link directly. Hey, anybody facebook admin hearing this cry? LOL

  5. Peter Merrill · 1202 days ago

    Who is dumb enough to fall for that anyways? Of course I'm not going to think I have to verify my account if a friend of mine posts it. Anyone that fell for this should be removed from society, for they spend way too much time on Facebook and have learned a horrible impulsive mannerism.

  6. Paula · 1202 days ago

    I am having a problem. I can't go back to older posts when I get on to check what I missed for the day. If I click on older posts I get sent back to the top of my wall. I can only access older posts when I use the secure setting. Https in green. If I play a game it removes this setting and I can't access the older posts. This never was like this until this week. Do I have a virus? My friends don't have this problem. Is there a fix? thanks.

  7. Paula · 1202 days ago

    I am having a problem. I can't go back to older posts when I get on to check what I missed for the day. If I click on older posts I get sent back to the top of my wall. I can only access older posts when I use the secure setting. Https in green. If I play a game it removes this setting and I can't access the older posts. This never was like this until this week. Do I have a virus? My friends don't have this problem. Is there a fix? thanks.

  8. Toni Aull · 1202 days ago

    I have had FB friend posted this shared link on my wall and did not care to link to it, therefore I am SAFE...
    Thank You

  9. Smith · 1202 days ago

    Having the same problem as Paula, can't access older posts. I only have about 10 on my computer but I can view them all from the mobile app on my phone. Is it connected to this virus?

  10. Simplest way of dealing with this: remove people who fall for this sort of scam - they're clearly not very bright and so probably won't have anything interesting to say, anyway.

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Paul Ducklin is a passionate security proselytiser. (That's like an evangelist, but more so!) He lives and breathes computer security, and would be happy for you to do so, too. Paul won the inaugural AusCERT Director's Award for Individual Excellence in Computer Security in 2009. Follow him on Twitter: @duckblog