Facebook members are probably accustomed to receiving emails from the social media network notifying them of various changes and the activities of their friends. However, fake emails appear to be doing the rounds, trying to fool users into visiting rogue pharmacy websites.
Sophos experts have come across such an email entitled “You have notifications pending”. The alerts seem legitimate at first glance, but the sender’s address, firstname.lastname@example.org
, clearly shows the ill-intent that hides behind the innocent-looking buttons.
Once the unsuspecting user clicks on “Go To Facebook” or “See All Notification”, he/ she is taken to a Canadian pharmacy website that advertises all sorts of shady products.
As Graham Cluley highlights
, it’s likely that the spammers earn a certain amount of money for each user they redirect to the site.
Our advice is the same as always. Take a good look at an email before rushing to click on the links it contains.