A Cybercriminal Wants To Be Your Facebook Friend… Or Infect Your PC!
In the last few days, we’ve received numerous copies of a very convincing fake Facebook friend request email, with the subject line “[First Name] [Last Name] wants to be your friend”:
This is yet another example of how cybercriminals are attempting to use social engineering to lure people into their traps, and disturbingly, the content of this particular scam email is strikingly similar to a genuine notification from Facebook.
As we have predicted previously, the bad guys are getting much better at replicating legitimate-looking emails, right down to the finest of details. It’s therefore no longer possible to identify a scam message simply by using your eyes alone.
The danger of this fake Facebook friend request email is that all of the clickable links within the message lead directly into the clutches of a Blackhole Exploit Kit site. So, if your computer is not up to date or protected with an internet security solution, there’s a very good chance it could become infected should you click through.
However, the AVG (AU/NZ) community can breath a sigh of relief! Fortunately, the excellent link-scanning capabilities within AVG security products are able to detect and block most known malicious varients of the Blackhole Exploit Kit:
Here are 5 tips to make sure you don’t get snared by this email scam:
- Always keep your computer software and operating systems up to date with automatic download and installation options set where possible.
- Use an Internet Security suite (like ours!) with LinkScanning technology.
- Make sure you have an anti-spam solution in place, such as the one included in AVG Internet Security, to reduce the chance of receiving scam emails like this.
- If you do receive an email like the one described here, never click the “unsubscribe” link. In this case, the link is malicious as well!
- Tell your friends and family to stay alert and work together with our community to help protect us all. A great first step is to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share helpful news and warnings about online threats.
Until next time, stay safe out there!