Friday, November 16, 2012
No, you cannot change the Facebook background colour
Received an interesting email today from Sophos regarding a new Facebook scam, and thought I’d share it so you don’t get caught.
The scam claims Facebook users can change their profile pages to have a black background instead of the trademark blue.
“This scam is being spread by images on newsfeeds and by event invitations that appear to be sent by users’ friends,” the email says.
IT security and data protection firm Sophos says if users click on these links, they will be helping the scammers to earn money and spread the scam further.
According to the email, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, investigated the link from a test account, and was bounced through a few website redirects before ultimately landing on a page entitled “Change your Facebook Color”.
This page automatically ticks the box saying that the user accepts the page’s terms and conditions, and tells them that they need to take part in an online survey before they can turn their Facebook profile black.
The scammers earn money for the number of respondents they can entice to complete these surveys.
Cluly said the scam resembles earlier ones like the ‘Remove Your Facebook Timeline’ scam.
“Unfortunately, many Facebook users will be too excited about the prospect of perhaps changing the look and feel of Facebook that they will not spot suspicious clues.”
“If users have mistakenly clicked on or accepted invitations as part of this scam, they should remove all offending messages, photos and ‘likes’ from their account, check that they’ve not a rogue app to access their account – from where it could steal information or post without asking permission – revoke any rogue app’s publishing rights, and report it as spam to Facebook.”
Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.