Fake Facebook Emails Send You to Viagraville

Spammers are driving traffic to a Canadian pharmacy website for Viagra and Cialis prescriptions using realistic looking Facebook notifications emails.  Here is an example:

Fake Facebook email

This example is from the Sophos blog.  The basic play hear is for the spammers to earn money from your click-through that is paid by the pharmacy’s affiliate marketing campaign.  In this particular case, there is no harm done except to your time.  The trouble of course is that the spammers can change the direction of the link at whim, and send you to some malware infested website just as easily.  The impotant thing for you to be doing is to make sure you really know who the emails are from and where the links are going BEFORE you click thorugh.


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