Just a warning that linking posts to Facebook are being spammed. Perused my “Wall” and saw that several of my posts, quite a few in fact, did not appear as they normally do. In place of the norm, was a cryptic message saying I’d shared a link, and the URL was wp.me. I recognized that from an attempt to spam my Facebook page a long time ago. Of course I deleted all those fictitious messages, and shared a note with my Facebook readers explaining the situation.
I wanted to warn you of what’s afoot. When I’ve clicked on the Facebook icon and then clicked on the “share link” button, no security words appeared as had normally. I thought my connection to Facebook was secure so I was allowed to bypass that intermediate step. Obviously a scammer had intercepted that step and was posting his or her link to my “Wall” instead.
My husband surmises that recent WordPress modifications may have disrupted my blog’s link to Facebook, which meant I needed to reconnect manually. Duh! Would I have thought of doing that? Not likely. A heads up from WordPress might have been helpful. Looks like we bloggers need to have each other’s backs.
As my recent posts with advice from consumer advocate David Horowitz indicate, scammers are out to get us any way they can. They’re like worms crawling out from the woodwork, attempting to feed off us.
Gotta squish those buggers underfoot every chance we get. They’re bad for the environment and must be extinguished!!!
…norton virus…my cavalry…to the rescue…CHARGE!!!…see you after the bloodbath…
That’s interesting. I sometimes get the security message from FB and sometimes not. But I haven’t seen any spam messages on my FB page.
I’ll be on the look out. Thanks!
When I “Facebooked” my last post, I checked my “Wall” to see show it transferred. It was fine…even thoug I had no security words to get through. I guess it’s a new setup. But I wonder how the odd messages crept in… will continue to be vigilant. Don’t want readers to be spammed through my posts. 😉
Good catch by you and hubby. Thanks for the warning.
Am always on the lookout for tips to help others…avoid the pitfalls I’ve not been able to avoid. You’re most welcome! 🙂
Thanks for the warning.
I’m back, but will catch up what I’ve missed over the next few days.
Glad you’re back! I keep saying that…but I truly mean it. Like a spot of sunshine on a dreary day…like today. 😉