Warning: New Facebook Scam Wants You to Believe in the iPhone 5

Posted: May 12, 2011 in Internet!, News
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There is a new scam going on on Facebook right now, which involves you, your friends, and the yet to be released iPhone 5. Here is how it works. You see in your stream that one of your friends commented on an article titled “First Exposure: Apple iPhone 5.” Because your friend commented on it and because you really want to know about this iPhone 5, you click on the link as well.

You are then directed to a domain ending in .info (that should be a bad sign in itself), where you are asked to enter a captcha code to prove you are human. That should really be a second warning that this is not so legit…

After verifying that you aren’t a bot, a message is posted directly to your wall, notifying your friends that you have commented on the story. Your friends may or may not fall for it like you did. In the meanwhile, you are asked to fill out a survey to win some crappy prizes.

This technique is known as clickjacking. Although not as dangerous as a virus or spyware, it still acts on your behalf without your consent.

So really, watch out for what you click on. Sometimes a little good sense can go a long way.

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