Socially engineered phishing attacks are some of the most common scams on Facebook. A current scheme is using the following message in an attempt to obtain Facebook user names and passwords:
“Youu are in tthis viddeo on facebook, skip to 1.45 omg! ttyp in with-outt spaccess:D www .Tagvidz .com”
Any time you receive a message like this, warning bells should immediately go off. Scammers often appeal to our natural curiosities and emotions when trying to trick us into clicking malicious links. Another red flag is the way the scam message is worded . This is done to bypass Facebook’s scam / spam detection methods.
This scam is a classic example of a socially engineered phishing attack and is a very common on Facebook. We have recently received reports of the domain ‘Rahvidz’ being used in the same manner. (Updated 07-24-13)
Why it’s a Scam:
Clicking on the scam link redirects to another website that triggers a phishing warning by our antivirus software:
Phishing scams often use multiple domains and tactics, but the end game is always an attempt to obtain your Facebook user name and password.
If you entered your Facebook log in credentials on the page shown above, then you need to change your Facebook password ASAP. If you are too late, then try to reclaim your account. Check out the following article for additional steps you should take:
Be sure to let your Facebook friends know that your account has been compromised and not to click on any links that are sent from you.
If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats. Be sure to join the Facecrooks page on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security issues. Also check out:
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BitDefender Safego is a Facebook application you can install that will scan your News Feed and help keep you safe from scams on Facebook.