Emails spoofing Facebook notifications are back in force. Even though our filters stop them, many users assume they must be legitimate and will release them from quarantine, resending the original frauds to themselves.
Subject lines most commonly seen in this campaign are:
- You have notifications pending
- Hi, you have notifications pending
For the most part, these spam emails do a good job of spoofing actual Facebook emails, claiming to come from addresses such as:
- Facebook <email@example.com>
- Facebook <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Facebook <email@example.com>
- Facebook <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In reality, these emails come from a variety of compromised webmail accounts and not legitimate Facebook servers.
Combined with realistic looking content, these emails are fooling unknown numbers of Facebook users.
While the fraud is visually convincing, the links in these emails generally lead to known spammer sites such as: http://tabletsbargainworld.net/ or to an endless variety of free hosting pages that are commonly used by spammers, often on “freehostia.com” such as:
Depending on the particular email received, clicking on the link may just try to sell the visitor fake medications but often these sites are trying to steal user’s Facebook logins and/or are trying to install harmful code directly on the visitor’s computer.
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