Messages purporting to be from Yahoo, BT Internet and other email service providers claims that a DGTFX virus has been detected in the recipient's email folders and he or she must reply with account details or risk account deactivation.
For two or three frantic days in November, 2011, many Facebook News Feeds were hit by a wave of pornographic and violent images.This article is not about the spam attack itself but about how a series of inaccurate and misleading 'hacker' and 'virus' warnings, that circulated the network well before the attack, contributed greatly to the general confusion, and ultimately, just made matters worse.
Message circulating on Facebook warns users that, if they receive a video titled "Nobody can watch this for more than 15 seconds", they should delete it because the video is a virus that will allow their Facebook accounts to be hacked.
Message claims that, every time a text or social media message is sent on, AT&T, Verizon or Facebook will donate money to help pay for surgery on a 14 year old boy who was shot six times by his stepfather while attempting to protect his young sister.
Message, purporting to be from the Facebook Security Team, claims that the recipientís Facebook account may have been compromised and that he or she must follow a link to verify account details within 12 hours or risk having the account permanently suspended.
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