A Scam: Don’t Be Friends With Andrea Dias (Unless You Already Are)

March 5, 2009 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

I just received a request from Andrea Dias to be in her network of friends on Facebook!  How exciting.

The link to “sign up for Facebook” according to the come-on e-mail is ” http://www.facebook.com/p.php?i=1506829882&k=3VFZ33USSVVM5F1DXAVUSS&r “.  [Note that I inadvertently clicked on the link while copying it.  Some sites just require a visit, and microseconds.  I broke the link on this.  If you cut and paste this one into a browser address bar, be aware you have just committed yourself to hosting badware.  Don’t say you weren’t warned.  And I’ll be running bloody scans on this computer.]

The correct IP address according to Google is “http://www.facebook.com/r.php””.

Note too that the fake address just adds some stuff onto the facebook address, which isn’t an uncommon trick.  The unwary user–one step up from completely uneducated–can be completely faked by something like this.  This was just useful as an example.  Real one, too.  I got it about 20 minutes ago or so.

–Glenn

Entry filed under: computers/tech, current news, internet, internet security, psychology, social networking, writing and lack of thought.

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