For the past week, I noticed that Facebook is being bombarded by spam links that’s getting shared virally. Usually these links have something to do with Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus to entice young and naive Facebook users to click them.
Here are some samples that I saw:
So what would happen if you click the link? I tried it and found out that they’re really harmless aside from replicating itself on your Facebook wall. When you click the link, you will be led to a page that looks like YouTube but everywhere you click is a link that will take you to another page. This time asking you to answer surveys to win some gadget or click more ads that would help the link owner get rich. Right-clicking won’t do you any good as the site is programmed to treat right-click the same as a left-click.
I only tried one of the links but who knows, some might lead you to a malware site that would automatically install stuff to your PC without you knowing, known as drive-by-download. I also didn’t go far beyond as to allow the link to be shared on my wall. Or maybe my Norton Internet Security is preventing that? Hmmm.
Have you encountered any of these links? I highly urge you to inform your friends to stop clicking these links as to avoid the spreading of it. Also, ask them to remove the link post from their wall. I wish there’s a link reporting in Facebook where you can submit malware links to be banned from Facebook.