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I’m Really Looking For New Friends

There is a *new* phishing method being employed on chat clients such as Skype. The cyber-criminals really, really, really want you to click on the links they send, so…

They spam messages posing as young men and women who are “really just looking for new friends”.
It is similar to a “make a new Buddy” request, so don’t be fooled.

This is really just a ‘sex’ twist on the ‘fear’-based social engineering ploy I warned you about here, Skype- “Windows Requires Immediate Attention!”

I am too tired of this game to backtrack this hyperlink, so I can’t tell you if responding to this chat will try to install spyware on your machine, try to sell you a “rogue anti-malware program”, or both..
I will simply say — once again — never click the link.

I got six of these this weekend.. Wow! I’m popular, all of a sudden.

[addenda: Peter Parkes (Skype Blogger) wrote and asked me to remind my readers to, quote, “Please report users who send these messages to – that will help us to block them where appropriate.”]

Today’s free link: You are probably familiar with anonymous e-mail addresses, used when filling out forms on Websites (so you can gain access) to protect your privacy and cut down on junk mail. It is becoming more and more common for your ISP to provide you with some [I always just use].
Internet Security blogger Bill Mullins posted a nice article this same type of service, except it is ‘temporary’ private telephone numbers (and he reviews two of them) here, Free Anonymous Phone Numbers for Online Safety

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    Pingback by I’m Really Looking For New Friends | September 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. I was on Skype with friends last night when one got hit on by a woman. He’s quite good at dealing with people like that and had a good time putting her on the spot.

    I prefer to use the privacy option limiting people that can contact me to only those on my list of contacts. I do this with all the Instant Messanging programs as well.


    Comment by gadzooks64 | September 29, 2008 | Reply

  3. Gadzooks64–
    You are absolutely correct– every IM/VoIP/Chat program that I’m aware of allows us to go into the Settings/Options/Preferences and place restrictions on how incoming messages are handled.
    Limiting it to people you already know (already on your Contact list) will certainly cut down on unwanted messages from strangers.
    (I strongly recommend that parents do this on their child’s accounts.)

    I thank you for reminding us all of Privacy Options.

    But, some people use IM and Skype as business contacts, or are otherwise open to contact from as-yet-unknown people.. and so they will see these types of things. The rule is: if an unexpected, unsolicited message contains a hyperlink, do not click!
    And folks, you really don’t want to learn that lesson the hard way, do you?


    Comment by techpaul | September 29, 2008 | Reply

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