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  1. says

    See how much we trust you ;-)

    I have to admit that I hardly give Facebook any notice at all. I login every once in a while and click on stuff. If it’s interesting, great. If not, I move on.

    Because you’re sending me your nice blog readers I’ll forgive you. Have a great second last day (I think?)

    Dave´s last blog post – Thesis revisited

    • says

      Hi Dave,

      Well, I am trustworthy ;-) I like Facebook more than I used to – it’s a really good way to stay in touch with some people. But I rarely send a message through it and when I do it’s usually to one of my relatives.

      Most of the readers here are awesome – just don’t steal them permanently.

  2. says

    Well i was among the silent ones. I got the email about your message so i tried to visit the link. Facebook although had already blocked the site. Plus i was biased to begin with since i know you wouldn’t contact me through facebook anyways (that’s what we have twitter for :P ). As soon as i realized what happened i thought you caught some kind of trojan and i was like “oh-oh poor Kim. Busy day ahead!”. Good it was just fishing… Anyways as we always say “Check the address before entering login credentials” but i recon i would have fallen for it if i returned and found it opened on my screen…

    stratosg´s last blog post – Interview with Madhur Kapoor

  3. says

    Hilariously enough when I went to click the link Facebook already had banned it or something as a dangerous link so then I googled to see what was up.

    But yeah.. it’s like “oh phishing” and I deleted it.

    Funnily enough something happened to me on Myspace, though I hadn’t used it or put my password in any site for ages and ages.. but it sent out a message to all my myspace friends.. One friend responded with “hey what’s up join this site: (Why Drink Alone).” I joined and started hanging out with a lot of people I met through the site. Phishing could be fun for the victimt oo!

    ChrissMari´s last blog post – Studying

    • says

      Hi ChrissMari – That’s funny about the myspace one – ended up being a good thing.

      A lot of people ignored it because they knew it wasn’t me sending it.

  4. Jim says

    I didn’t get the message. :`-(

    If anything you telling me about it prompted me to get off my butt and change some of my passwords that I hadn’t in a long time. Irrational I know since I didn’t click any of the links.

    And it would take a lot more than this for people to think you’re a dumbass.

    • says

      Hi Jim – That’s bizarre that you didn’t get it – I am in contact with you probably more than anyone. Try not to feel too left out ;-)

      You are just biased – you don’t think I’m a dumbass because I rule at tech support – lol ;-)

  5. says

    Oh no! Good thing I was too busy to get your message yesterday.

    About the accusatory message on the wall, I don’t know why people do that. I got sick of people writing “HEEEEELLLLLLPPPPP Site doesn’t work!!!!!!!!!” on my wall (and it turning out to be they forgot their password or something) that I stopped letting people write on my wall. People don’t seem to understand discretion these days.

    These things happen even to the smartest people! Thanks for posting about it and warning us all.

    Tracy´s last blog post – Five Things I’m Addicted To

    • says

      Hi Tracy – I kind of wish now that the conversation hadn’t been removed.

      My brother does it a lot – I’ll send him a message asking why him and his girlfriend broke up and he’ll write on my wall saying because she said “he’s an a**hole”. Please don’t write things like on my wall. lol

  6. says

    I am sorry that this happened…it was obviously a pain in the neck, but it could have happened to any of us who live online. The scammers wait for a moment of vulnerability…just like sharks!

    On the other hand, what happened seems to have done some good…people are changing their passwords and paying attention to what comes to them on Facebook.

    That’s how I see this post. I appreciate it because you brought something important to my attention and I will be more careful on Facebook! Thanks:~)

    Sara´s last blog post – Where’s Waldo? Where’s Sara?

  7. says

    I too was one of the quiet deleters :) If I remember correctly, the phishing scam meant it look like a facebook-affiliated site dedicated to a philanthropic or otherwise good cause! Luckily I knew facebook wasn’t THAT concerned about the state of the world :P

    Siel´s last blog post – Clicklist: I “love” earth

    • says

      Hi Vered – I didn’t mind people asking me what it was about but some of the reactions were a little extreme.

      I also received replies that made no sense so I’m wondering if FB has auto-responders or if people have set that up through their email.

  8. says

    Thanks for the heads up about this a couple days ago. I usually know a scam when I see one, but I can see where you’re guard could be let down.

    My business AMEX account was recently hacked online and in addition to a few thousand dollars going on, the email address on the account was changed too.

    The card is always on my person, so the fraud was computer related. Scary.

    carla´s last blog post – Organic Baby & Toddler Clothes – My Little Snuggle Bug

    • says

      Hi Carla – I hope that AMEX issue got resolved. Now if someone is going to be an evil hacker / phisher it makes more sense to me that they do it for credit cards or bank information. What use is facebook or twitter logins really? Other than being a big nuisance.

  9. says

    An honest mistake, and one any of us could make when we’re busy and distracted. Thank you for giving us the details; we all know you to be very technically savvy, and the fact that the phishing scam happened to you is a cautionary tale we need to listen to.

    It’s disappointing when people react to such an event in a hostile or hateful manner. It shows a lack of humility and empathy. Perhaps your disappointment in these people is outweighed by the gracious behavior of most of your FaceBook friends.

    • says

      Hi Mike – Thank you! You always say the nicest things :-)

      Most people were awesome and knew I wouldn’t send something like that. The rest were confused and only one really irked me.

      It was a message to me as well – slow down :-)

  10. says

    Always be cautious when using facebook or any services that contain your personal info :-)

    I blogged about another version called Kromked yesterday too here.

    Really I think during this swine flu season many are also having weird ideas. There were 3 domains in total who were concerned with these phishing stuff yesterday. One that Tech crunch mentioned included.

    I got some friends who also clicked on the facebook links yesterday. Anyway we make mistake to learn :-)

  11. says

    Hi Kurt – Kromked is a funny “word”.

    I don’t understand the connection between swine flu and weird ideas … isn’t it just a coincidence?

  12. says

    I think it is something that could happen to the best of us, especially if the link is from someone who sends us a variety of links, or ones that are always cloaked with the URL shorteners. I’ve been hacked on Myspace before, and yes, some people will get pissy about it, but the people who are really your friends will understand and move on, because it’s just the day and age where things like that will happen. Thanks for sharing your experience for all of those who do feel really miserable when that sort of thing happens.

    ~ Kristi

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    • says

      Hi Kristi – Thanks for letting me know that something similar happened to you on myspace and that reactions were similar. Moving on is really the best thing to do.

  13. says

    Man, why didn’t I get that email? It would have been perfect to put on my Load Of BS site. I must say that I very rarely click on an email link unless I am sure of it’s origin, and I never log onto a site unless I typed in the url to get there.

    Sire´s last blog post – Using Comments To Double Your Exposure

  14. says

    It can happen sometimes. When i received the link from you and opened it, i knew it was a phishing site as it was too similar to facebook, thats why i decided to message you.

    • says

      Hi Madhur – I should have added that to the article – being contacted via twitter. You were the only one who contacted me that way ;-) And privately, which was awesome.

  15. says

    The bottom line is never click a link unless in the website the supposed link represents. We’ve done a lot of work in eBay and eBay is notorious for phishing scams. We have learned to login to eBay to make sure the link is legitimate!

    Colleen´s last blog post – Lease to Own Houses

  16. says

    I’m glad you sent out that email and alerted your readers about this scam. i had an email with that link from “you” when i got home. i was able to delete it w/o my account being compromised.

    i really don’t know why people waste their time doing evil and stupid stuff like this.

    Natural´s last blog post – Mirror, Mirror on the Blog….

    • says

      Hi Valerie – At first I didn’t want to send the email because I was thinking the last thing people wanted was another message from me but it seemed like the responsible thing to do.

      I agree – the people who do these things are obviously clever – why not use those skills for good?

  17. says

    I have experienced exact the same thing two days back but from windows live messenger, I got messages from 4 of my friends all showing a web link which asks me to log into my hotmail account I just ignored them. But for last two days I have been thinking how did it happened . Do you think all those accounts are hacked ?

    • says

      Hi – I suppose all four of them could have clicked on the same link and sent you the message. Or maybe one of them was hacked and it sent the message to each person in their contact lists … that only really makes sense if all four of them know each other though.


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