Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Myspace Spam Links to Pharmacy Websites

Myspace IconDid that Myspace email notifying you that you’ve received a new private message take you a pharmaceutical website?

That’s because the message wasn’t really sent from Myspace.

Yes, spammers have begun to fire out bogus Myspace emails to generate traffic for whatever illegal drug site they’re backing, in addition to the YouTube, Foursquare, Tagged, LinkedIn & Twitter spam we've seen in the past.

Since the spam messages have been carefully crafted to play the part of a legitimate Myspace email notice, it’s up to recipients to make sure they mouseover links to check the destination URL before clicking. The last thing we want to do is give spammers what they want, which is exposure for their drug-peddling websites.

Here’s one of the fake Myspace notification emails we recently got:

Myspace Spam Message

Subject: Olwen Douglas has sent you a new private message
From: Myspace (noreply@message.myspace.com)

Olwen Douglas has sent you a new private message.
View message

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To turn off notifications, update your account settings.

If you receive an email purporting to be from Myspace, make sure that you hover your mouse over the links and check the URL displayed in the address bar to make sure they actually point towards the social networking site.

None of the links within the Myspace spam messages link to the actual Myspace domain, so if you check the links and they point to some random web address, it's likely spam.

As far as reporting these messages to Myspace, you can visit myspace.com and click 'Report Abuse' in the footer. It is important to note that it's not difficult to spoof email headers, so it's highly doubtful that the spam messages originated from Myspace. However, it still doesn't hurt to let them know since the company is not opposed to going after spammers.

Have you received any fake Myspace emails? Did you report them to Myspace or did you delete them?

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