Over the past couple of days on AllFacebook, Mashable and Inside Facebook there's been posts about the latest Facebook scam where phishing sites are asking for visitors to login with their Facebook account information to steal Facebook user passwords. Over the course of two days two different phishing websites have been identified. Victims to this scam are either locked out of their accounts or all of their friends are spammed with a message. Messages include "Check this out" or "Look at this."
If you receive any questionable message, do not answer it and do not click on links to "FBstarter.com". As Mashable points out: don't enter your Facebook password if the URL is not Facebook.com, and contact Facebook if you're no longer able to access your account.
Facebook has a link on its security page to help users who are victims or have friends that have been victimized; you can find it here: http://www.facebook.com/help.php?page=797
We don't know how many users have been a victim of this latest scam but it's estimated to be in the millions. It won't be the last time Facebook users are targeted with over 200 million users worldwide. Clara Shih points out in her book, The Facebook Era, that one of the crucial success factors of Facebook is the trusted identity established with its users. Spam threatens this. Myspace and Bebo are prime examples of spam penetrating a social network and turning users off of their sites.
These spam attacks have been fast and aggressive. Yesterday's phishing site has already been taken down. More information about today's spam isn't known. It's obvious that Facebook has to be even more aggressive with blocking such malicious acts. These past two days indicate it's a real problem that's only going to resurface as Facebook continues to grow. If you or someone you know has been affected by the latest spam, please report it and do your part to stopping and preventing future spam.
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