Have you ever received emails from friends or relatives who have denied sending them?
Or, perhaps, others have received emails from you that you never sent?
If so, then it may have been caused by malicious code installed on a social networking profile page.
Spammers create ‘free’ add-ons for profiles, not only because they want to use them to spam other people, but because they also want to spam you!
The nature of social networking sites is such that all the information a spammer needs is readily available.
Profiles give out personal information as well as areas of interest.
The search functions of such sites are designed in such a way that spammers can find victims for their email campaigns with ease.
They will then message them, typically from bogus accounts on the network.
Additionally, they may also compile all the data they have into lists for other spam campaigns, or to sell to other spammers or scam artists..
Avoid This Scam
As ever, such scams can be avoided by limiting the amount of information you put into your profile.
It may also be a good idea to use a disposable email address so that it can be thrown away should you become a spammer’s target.
This is the last of five posts in a series on social networking scams.
Read the rest here –
- Part 1 – The Fake Identity
- Part 2 – Malware
- Part 3 – Profile Hacking
- Part 4 – Identity Theft
- Part 5 – Spam