E-mail scams are nothing new. They’ve been around as long as e-mail marketing itself. And you can bet that if there is a website that is popular, then e-mail scammers will use its reputation to snooker people. It’s happened to eBay users, Amazon users, Google users, MySpace users, and now it’s happening to Facebook users.
The image to the right is a screenshot of a Facebook e-mail scam I recently received (and almost fell for). Click the image to see a larger copy of it.
Notice how suave this is. It’s an imitation to participate in a Facebook survey. Harmless, right? You’d think so, and the people behind this are hoping you’ll think so. But the reality is once you take the survey you have given someone else permission to spam you to death. You’ve basically agreed to receive marketing materials from them – for life! So don’t fall for it.
One reason this works so well (and I’m sure there will be people who take the survey) is because the e-mail scammers went through a lot of trouble to ensure their e-mail looks like it came from Facebook. Upon closer scrutiny, I discovered the e-mail came from a .cz.cc domain name. The .cz extension represents the Czech Republic and .cc is Coco Islands. Since Facebook isn’t headquartered in either of those, this is obviously a scam.
When you click the link to take the survey, you’ll see this:
Here’s the disclaimer at the bottom of the e-mail:
If you get this Facebook e-mail scam sent to you, delete it. Don’t respond!
I didn’t see any evidence of malware or anything nasty attached to this, but if you respond you’ll receive a lot of spam e-mail from its creators. Some of those could contain viruses or malware. Just don’t risk it!