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New Malware Campaigns Making Rounds across Facebook

Security experts working with GFI Labs advocate Facebook users to remain alert and save themselves from the new malware plaque.

The security firm also highlights that Facebook users remain highly aggravated to spam e-mail or messages that pose to be legitimate notifications from the most happening social network. The updated one is in fact an upgraded version of an old fake notification.

"You have 3 lost messages on Facebook," is perhaps a glorious example of spam e-mail indicative at this instance.

With an instant impulse of recovering the lost messages, the recipients set themselves in all new grandeur and in this pursuit often becomes victimized easily.

GFI Labs also focuses that though at the first instance, the offered link seems to be legitimate, but later on, it diligently takes the victimized to a page endorsing fake Viagra and the like.

While discussing the aforementioned spam message, Christopher Boyd, Senior Threat Researcher at GFI indicated that if a recipient is worried about loosing their Facebook message, they should in fact turn on to their mailbox, as reported by GFI Labs Blog on October 16, 2011. The security experts further added that the illegitimate site often takes users to sites that are not authorized by the official Facebook websites.

However, security experts at Sophos also commented that this is not the only scam hitting Facebook users as of now.

While commenting on the scam, Senior Security Advisor at Sophos stated that the campaign started well with a fake Timmies offer. Later on, it circulated to entice Starbucks fans with an offer, claiming it to be the 40th anniversary occasion of Starbucks, reports lfpress on October 19, 2011.

Boyd further commented that it is a deliberate attempt by con artists to take out the e-mail address and direct the victimized to some other fake sites, which tactfully takes out all the sensitive information of the user. However, the greatest challenge of this trail is that the victimized further shares the information among all its acquaintances about this unique deal, which ultimately ends up in propagating fraud cyber criminals.

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