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Watch Out For New Facebook Scam!


Though it’s not unusual to receive an email notification from Facebook telling you someone has tagged you in a photo, the next time you do, BEWARE! Endpoint security company SOPHOS, has identified a new strain of malware (Troj/Agent-XNN) floating around Facebook suggesting that members “view photos as an attachment.”

If you click on the infected link, which is disguised as a Facebook notification email – a ZIP file containing malware allows hackers to control your Windows computer. Facebook email notifications usually tell you which friend tagged you in a photo. This malware tells you “one of your friends added a new photo with you in the album.” The photo above shows you what the message looks like.

Subject: Your friend added a new photo with you to the album

Attached file: New_Photo_With_You_on_Facebook_PHOTOID[random].zip

Message body:


One of Your Friends added a new photo with you to the album.

You are receiving this email because you’ve been listed as a close friend.

[View photo with you in the attachment]

Occasionally these scams appear and many of us are anxious to see how we look in the photos people post and tag us in. It’s always best to really read the message before clicking and beware of attachments you receive people you don’t know.


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  • BradFriedman's picture
    Aug 31 Posted 2 years ago BradFriedman

    Thanks you for putting the post up on Sumbleupon. I appreciate it!

  • BradFriedman's picture
    Aug 31 Posted 2 years ago BradFriedman

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • kriscostin's picture
    Aug 31 Posted 2 years ago kriscostin

    Hi Brad,

    Thanks, a nice as well as useful post. You were very true "We really get very anxious to see how we look in the photos people post" and generally click on the link without paying much attention.

    Thought it could help a lot other people too so shared through stumbleupon. Hope you won't mind. :)

  • Aug 30 Posted 2 years ago Anita Unsworth

    Becareful of a scam which is hitting the UK I am not sure whether it is happening in other countries,  but it involves  a telephone call from a person purporting to be from Microsoft saying that your computer has been compromised, they ask you to turn on your computer and somehow take control of it, they then ask for your email address and bank details, this is when alarm bells should start ringing, they say they need the bank details as they have to charge a small fee to secure your computer the small fee being around £200.  This is definitely not microsoft calling. I believe that Microsoft are aware of this.  Just put the phone down.  It is easy to get caught if your computer has been running less than perfectly.  Please be careful.

  • BradFriedman's picture
    Aug 29 Posted 2 years ago BradFriedman

    Thanks Mahendra, and do share the post with your friends so they can be aware of this potential threat.

    Take care,


  • BradFriedman's picture
    Aug 29 Posted 2 years ago BradFriedman

    Good work! Not everyone has been as alert as you!


  • TashWord's picture
    Aug 29 Posted 2 years ago TashWord

    I have received a couple of these emails - I just deleted them as I saw the addresses weren't the usual Facebook domain.


    I figured if they were legitimate the tags would show up in my timeline anyway so went to Facebook manually to check - of course, no such tags had been added!

  • Mahendra's picture
    Aug 29 Posted 2 years ago Mahendra

    It's a great pot Brad, it might be share to all of my friends and everyone, thanks for posting it, so finally faceebook also effected with hackers.

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