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Spammers Target Facebook Events

The Latest Target For Spam: Facebook Events

The time following a major email breach is a smart time to remind yourself how to stay safe. But email isn't the only way that spammers and other users of ill repute can gain access to you and your digital life. Now spammers are trying a new approach to gain access: Facebook Events.

Find out more after the jump.

Apparently, spammers who use Facebook Events as a means to promote their links are finding success in the form of over 165,000 users. Considering over 10 million users were targeted, the number affected is still rather small. Still, staying in the know about potential problems will help to keep you safe. Event invites with bogus titles ("Check out who viewed your profile!") are the main culprit, and chances are you've seen such event links on at least one friend's page.

Although these links direct to valid Facebook event pages, once you view more info the offending link (often shortened via bit.ly or another URL shortener) is displayed. Click it, and you become a victim. These links perpetuate themselves by posting on your friends' walls, so should you fall victim, take steps to alert your friends and contacts not to do the same.

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