SCAM: Nearly everyone belongs to one or more social networking sites. Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Myspace, Bebo, DeviantArt, FourSquare… the list seems endless! (For a full list, visit Wikipedia.) Scammers have taken advantage of this fact and often disguise their mailicious links or phishing links in fake messages from social networks.
Far less serious but also an annoyance, a few social networks act very spammy by tricking its members into giving the social network full access to the user’s personal address book of email contacts. The social network will then use the address book to send out an email in the user’s name, saying that the user wants everyone to join the social network. Not very nice of them. We have seen this spammy behavior from LinkedIn (Shame on them!), Badoo, and Zorpa. READ the details of an email thoroughly before clicking “confirm” or “authorize.”
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Besides looking at the link revealed in the lower left corner of most of these scams by a mouse-over, notice that most of these emails lack any personal information that identifies the recipient.
CAUTION: We do not advise visiting the links revealed in these scam emails because it is possible that some of these websites might cause a computer infection.