SPAM Scams spoof Social Networking sites - peddle Malicious sites
Appr 25, 2012 - "... email messages disguised as notifications from popular networking sites, in particular LinkedIn, foursquare, MySpace, and Pinterest. These spam contain links that direct users to -bogus- pharmaceutical or -fraud- sites. They also use legitimate-looking email addresses to appear credible to recipients. Using famous brands like these sites are effective in luring users to the scheme as this gives credence to an otherwise obvious scam... We uncovered spammed messages masked as notifications from Foursquare, a popular location-based social networking site... The first sample we found pretends to be an email alert, stating that someone has left a message for the recipient. The second message is in the guise of a friend confirmation notification... Both messages use the address noreply @foursquare .com in the ‘From’ field and bear a legitimate-looking MessageID. Similar to previous spam campaign using popular social networking sites, attackers here also disguised the -malicious- URLs... also spotted sample messages that are purportedly from LinkedIn and Myspace... we have identified that the senders’ info were forged. We also did not find any pertinent details that could identify these messages as legitimate LinkedIn and MySpace email notifications. These mails also used cloaked URLs that redirect to the fake site 'Wiki Pharmacy'... we found fake Pinterest email notifications that contain a URL, a purported online article on weight-loss. Users who click this link are instead lead to sites that were previously found to engage in fraud activities... Users are advised to always be cautious of dubious-looking messages and avoid clicking links or downloading the attachment included in these."