Naked Security at SOPHOS Reports What BBB Predicted: Watch for Emerging Valentine's Day Scams via Social Media

  
     
February 10, 2011

Naked Security at SOPHOS Reports What BBB Predicted:

Watch for Emerging Valentine's Day Scams via Social Media Platforms

All week long, your regional BBB has been warning people about what to watch for during the Valentine’s Day season: questionable online dating activity, purchasing flowers wisely online and in brick and mortar stores, and email and texting scams. It used to be that authorities would warn about virus infected e-cards sent to INBOXES

But now, with the ever-increasing popularity of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter comes a whole new arena that the scammers can play in, enticing unsusceptible audiences with legitimate-seeming pings from friends (who have had their accounts hacked) or notices using such things as Facebook’s Instant Chat feature, or sending Twitter messages using tiny URLs that are non-descript.

Messages coming to you via these platforms usually attempt to entice you to open without thinking, clicking links without batting an eye. For instance, a blanket statement like, “check out my latest picture, you’ll love it…” may be the very thing that opens you and your computer to sabotage, hacking or lifting CONTACT lists out of your INBOX, or Friends List on Facebook in order for the scammers to spoof your list and create all kinds of fake scenarios to lay on your friends. What’s the point?

Today, Graham Cluely of Naked Security (http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com) has some great things to say about this dilemma here:

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/02/10/valentines-day-scam-spreads-virally-on-facebook/