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.

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Lenny Zeltser develops products and programs that use security to achieve business results. He is the CISO at Axonius and Faculty Fellow at SANS Institute. Lenny has been leading efforts to establish resilient security practices and solve hard security problems for over two decades. A respected author and practitioner, he has been advancing tradecraft and contributing to the community. His insights build upon real-world experience, a Computer Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA degree from MIT Sloan.

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