For the past year or so I have seen so many Facebook scams spreading through wall updates, direct messages and even Facebook email. However, for the past few days, I have been seeing these scams spreading through Facebook events too.
Just yesterday, I saw one of my friends post an invite on Facebook, and out of my curiosity I asked him whether he was scammed or was really attending the event. Turns out that one of his friends send him an invite and he accepted it.
Today, I got a similar scam invite in my notifications to attend an event called "How to really view who stalked your profile". Though the event might look legitimate since it came through your friend, it is not. A cursory look at the event details shows that the link to the event acceptance is not only dicey, but it is also suspect.
The event was also sent to 464 people as you can see, and a cursory look at the person who sent me the invite shows that he has only 464 friends. So this is basically a infection on Facebook which sends out invites to a users friend list without them knowing.
As always don’t click on links or event invites unless you make sure that it is legitimate. Facebook is a huge platform with around 600 million users so it is ripe for scammers and hackers to exploit the platform to gain access to your account and then infect your friends too.
As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.