Profile Spy Scams on Facebook

Social networking sites are a popular platform for fraud and malicious activities. Tim Armstrong at Kaspersky Lab looked into a common scam on Facebook that promises to tell the person “Find out who has been viewing your facebook profile with Profile Spy!” The scam attempts to trick the victim into revealing personal details, including a mobile phone number. The malicious site shows a fake Facebook page in the background, to make victims think they are within the “walled garden” of Facebook.

The scam was also described by Puneet Sahalot, whose blog post show additional screenshots and variations of the Profile Spy scam.

A version of a Profile Spy-like scam has been going around since at least late 2009.

Lenny Zeltser

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Lenny Zeltser is a seasoned business and technology leader with extensive information security experience. He builds creative anti-malware solutions as VP of Products at Minerva. He also trains incident response and digital forensics professionals at SANS Institute. Lenny frequently speaks at industry events, writes articles and has co-authored books. He has earned the prestigious GIAC Security Expert designation, has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Computer Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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