This one seems to come and go, but I’ve seen a handful of people click this latest Facebook scam link. This one is called This Guy Took A Picture Of His Face Every Day For 8 Years. Here’s a screen shot of the bogus post:
This link takes you to a *questionable* URL – pastehtml dot com. I am intentionally not including a direct-link there and please do not try to visit that URL.
Ok, here are some pointers on how to spot a bogus post on Facebook. Let’s take a closer look at the actual post. Notice the actual URL/website is visible right there on the post, before you even click anything?
Right off the bat, I see pastehtml . com and I realize that is clearly a shady URL. Does that seem like a legit website to you? Is ‘pastehtml’ a company you do business with, a news organization, etc? That is how this stuff “slips by” people – clicking without reading. When you see a a post like this, you should mark it as spam. This will help Facebook to prevent this sort of post in the future.
This fake link will install malware on your system, so if you’ve clicked a post like this on Facebook or if you’ve seen friends/family members that have, it’s time to scan your system. Your security program would pop-up right away, detecting this malware; if it didn’t, your security software isn’t good enough. Also make sure you switch to Firefox so you can start using NoScript to block malicious scripts from running in the first place.
Just please stop clicking these bogus links though! Let us know if you have any questions and don’t forget to come see us at the NARTS Conference 2011!!! We’ll be going over topics just like this in our Online Safety class! More info on the NARTS website. -> http://mycp.biz/narts2011 <-