Recently, there has been a surge in the number of Facebook users using the Facebook event feature and Facebook messaging to send malware.
You may have seen one of these scams and not even noticed. Basically someone makes a Facebook event titled “Important Please Read” containing information including a link to malware. Once an invited person clicks on the event to view it, they will see something like the following:
The link that is given is not a safe thing to click. These links are said to be linked to a computer malware.
This also affects some Facebook messages. These messages are titled similarly to the events above. Basically, in these messages, there will be instructions on how to get “free” Facebook credits. This is false. There is no link you can go to to get Facebook credits for free. These links are not safe and are said to be linked to malware.
There is another similarity between these two scams, both seem to spam the friends from the affected persons Facebook friends list with the same malware filled messages and events.
In addition to the above, there have also been reports of users getting similar messages in their Facebook chat and on their Facebook walls. It has been said that these post and messages also contain links to harmful malware.
We cannot be sure exactly what waits for those that click these links, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. To protect yourself from these kinds of threats, remember that most free things really aren’t free and people are always on the lookout to take advantage of others. When you get messages that have links for free things in them, report them as soon as possible and then delete the message.
Have you seen these events or received a message? If so, did you click on any of them? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section below.