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Personal logo Arteis Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2011 11:00 p.m. PST

I've been seeing the following FaceBook "alert" around lately:

ALERT: There are two new Trojan Spam Viruses going around. Both are videos. One is about dropping his daughter to catch a ball and the other is about a spider living under a girl's skin. DO NOT OPEN EITHER OF THEM!! Please re-post! WARNING THIS ONE IS GOING AROUND LIKE HOT FIRE VERY QUICK !!..

This "alert" in itself displays some of the attributes of a bogus message. For example, the request to repost. AND THE SENTENCE ALL IN CAPS. And the multiple exclamation marks!!

Is this message for real, or is itself a spam doing the rounds?

Personal logo GypsyComet Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2011 11:15 p.m. PST

The daughter and ball scam has been reported by Facecrooks in the last 24 hours, while they were apparently warning of the spider thing on July 11 and renewed the warning yesterday. Spiders is what Facecrooks calls a "Survey Scam", while the girl scam is reported to be closer to a Trojan.

So while the warning is legit in that sense, it may also be a trap of its own.

Personal logo Klebert L Hall Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2011 8:28 a.m. PST

Here's the deal – if you get an e-mail urging you to re-post, it is either innocent, stupid spam, or malicious spam.

The delete key was born for this stuff.
-Kle.

Last Hussar21 Aug 2011 2:52 a.m. PST

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