phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
The ones I get on my inbox are usually a message from someone on my friend list who obviously got their accounts hacked. The usual subject would be “Wow” or “Cool” and the message would contain a sentence or two and a URL. I never click on it and delete it right away. Here’s an example:
Phishing comment disquised as an adult chat/webcam site
Phishing comment disguised as a YouTube video.
The last one, the phishing comment disguised as an embedded YouTube video if clicked would bring you to login2.friendjster.com, a phishing site pretending to be Friendster’s login page. If the unsuspecting user visits the site and provides his/her email address and password, that information would be used by the phishers to gain access to these Friendster accounts. I’m not sure about this, but according to some Friendster users some of this spam/phishing comments don’t even require the user to provide the login details of the account. All the user has to do is click on the comments and everyone on that person’s list of friends would receive the same spam/phishing comment on their profiles sent by the unsuspecting user.
I’m pretty sure the staff of Friendster are already aware of this but I don’t know what fixes or preventive measures they’ve done to fight this type of phishing scam. There is a way to prevent the further spread of these phishing scam comments and it involves a little bit of common sense and some preventive measures on the user’s part. When you receive a message containing a URL or link on your Friendster messages, never click on them even if they were sent by your friends or family members. If you want to be sure, send them a message asking if they were really the ones who sent it to you.
These phishers (people behind these phishing scam) are smart and they send these phishing comments to people listed as friends of the compromised account because it would look less suspicious since the one who sent it was a friend. They also know that most Friendster accounts are set to automatically accept messages and comments from friends or people connected to them in the third degree. What I did on my account was to moderate comments. So everytime someone tries to leave a comment on my profile, I’ll have to approve it first before it shows up on my profile. That way, if its a spam or phishing comment, it won’t automatically show up on my profile and no one will see it or click on it.
I’ve also deleted all these phishing comments from my profile so that people who visit my profile won’t be tricked or fall victim to this scam. I’ve seen lots of Friendster accounts that still have these phishing comments and as long as they’re there, the chances of someone getting fooled into clicking those links would be higher and the more people who fall victim to this scam, the more it will spread. So if you have a Friendster account, go through your profile and delete all phishing comments.
Other preventive measures to keep your Friendster or any social network account safe are:
1. Use a strong password (at least 8 characters and combination of numbers, letters and symbols).
2. Change your password often.
3. Never post your email address on your profile.
Remember folks, always practice safe computing because it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
For those of you who have Friendster accounts, have you received these type of phishing messages and comments? Did you click on them or was tempted to click on it? I’m sure a lot of guys were tempted to click on the second one with the sexy girl on a webcam. LOL Anyways, if you know of other information regarding these Friendster phishing scam or know of other preventive measures, please share it with us.
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