Phishing/Fraudulent links

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by i.shaun, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

    i.shaun

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    I thought I'd ask here since I haven't been able to find info searching google. Not quite sure what to search for to get the answer. So maybe some knowledgeable people here may know..

    I was recently sent a link by a friend, which seemed weird. The URL said something about being an x box points generator, and according to my friend, he went to the site, and it generated a link. He must send the link to a certain number of friends to get a year free of X box Live Gold.

    I use Open DNS, and upon clicking (just to check it out), it said it was a blocked phishing site.



    I remember seeing similar sites people have spammed, that had the same type of link spamming structure. It would be a porn site, and show a single image of a girl, and claim that she is the site creator's Ex, which he hates. In order to get revenge, he has posted pictures/videos, which are locked, and to unlock them, you must copy a link, and send it to so many friends.


    What exactly are these? Are they Viruses for PC users? Phishing sites? They don't seem to ask for any information, only that you send out a generated link. Maybe they just wait until you hit the limit to ask for some type of info.
     
  2. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    Some of the phishing sites that I see I will enter fake data just to see what it does. When I find a fake facebook site I will enter stuff like idonthaveafacebookaccount@dumbphishingsite.com and the password is phishing-site-fail What's funny is when they take it as real.
     
  3. i.shaun thread starter macrumors 6502a

    i.shaun

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    Turns out it is actually phishing. Once you get enough people to click on the link it must ask you to log in to claim the points, but you're just giving them your account details, which they can then use to somehow get your CC info if there is any linked to your PSN or Xbox Live account.
     
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Easy to spot them...Legit sites have https or a lock on the top right or address bar in some browsers.

    Phishing sites have bad grammar, weird looking urls.
     
  5. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

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    That's always been the weird thing they could write better websites translating with babelfish LOL
     

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