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MySpace Identity Theft Scams On the Rise?
Ed Kohler

MySpace has become a target for identity thieves. Not that this is surprising, there is an added twist that takes it beyond what I've seen done on sites like PayPal or Ebay.

For example, who hasn't received an email claiming to be from PayPal or Ebay telling you that your account has been exploited, that you need to update your account information, or that you have won an auction that you hadn't bid on? They VERY common, and all done with the same purpose: to get you to click on a link to a fake PayPal or Ebay site where you'll enter your login information. This can then be used to drain your accounts, run fraudulent auctions, and other malicious activity.

Similar behavior is happening using MySpace, which makes sense since there are millions of registered members who could be tricked into turning over their login information - Information that's surely usable on other sites like PayPal or Ebay.

But here's the twist: this is being done from within MySpace.

Here's an example email I received in my MySpace inbox from a MySpace friend of mine. It wasn't a typical MySpace webcam girl spam request. This looked like a legitimate email from an actual friend of mine:

MySpace Spam

I'm sure a LOT of people would open an email like that when it's sent to them from a friend. Here's what the link took me to:

Fake MySpace Site

Whoops. Looks like I got logged out when I tried to visit the page my friend suggested I check out. That's certainly not uncommon on MySpace.

But wait, what's up with that URL:

Fake MySpace Site URL

As ugly as most MySpace URLs are, they're not THAT ugly. A .cn domain? Why am I suddenly in China visiting a sub-sub-sub-sub-sub-sub-domain of 378d38.cn?

That's an impressively good spoof site. Reading the domain from left to right would be enough to reassure many MySpace members.

Does anyone actually fall for this?

Take a look at the spike in traffic to the identity theft site over the past month:

378d38.cn Page Views

That's a LOT of traffic. Evan a minuscule conversion rate would generate a ton of MySpace member's login information.

How many MySpace members have to click on links to 378d38.cn before MySpace gets around to blocking emails mentioning that domain?




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1. Posted by: Jason DeRusha on December 11, 2007 8:51 AM:

I've fallen victim to this, and I'm really savvy about ID theft. I immediately realized what I did and changed my password. But many, many of my MySpace friends have been caught with this kind of scam. You'll see comments about a free Macy's gift card.. that's a common one.

Very tricky.




2. Posted by: Erica M on December 11, 2007 2:22 PM:

That's it. I'm deleting my myspace account. I was hesitating mostly because folks from high school keep turning up through myspace. But that's not really worth it.




3. Posted by: B Barnes on December 11, 2007 8:51 PM:

if you guys are worried about identity theft and think you might be a victim...please email me at breyenebarnes@yahoo.com...i work for a company who offers the only solution to identity theft...this is not a scam, i promise...




4. Posted by: James on January 8, 2008 8:16 PM:

These are all over myspace still even now, nearly a month later. I've had a couple in my comments box and seen them in other comments boxes - although I haven't had any emails directly. Nasty stuff.

...that said, it doesn't really scare me away from using myspace. It's easy to spot a spoof, I haven't been caught out by one yet.




5. Posted by: randall estep on May 14, 2009 7:17 AM:

ok heres my ? what if somoene created u a fake myspace account a used ur pics? and u have reported to myspace and then they havent done anything about it and u have all the documents showing that u taken care of it. someone created me a fake email and then a myspace and saying bad things about me. how can i take care of this? does anyone know? i mean i already have a myspace account and someone had created a new one for me and it says horriable things about me.




6. Posted by: randall estep on May 14, 2009 7:18 AM:

ok heres my ? what if somoene created u a fake myspace account a used ur pics? and u have reported to myspace and then they havent done anything about it and u have all the documents showing that u taken care of it. someone created me a fake email and then a myspace and saying bad things about me. how can i take care of this? does anyone know? i mean i already have a myspace account and someone had created a new one for me and it says horriable things about me.




7. Posted by: randall estep on May 14, 2009 7:18 AM:

ok heres my ? what if somoene created u a fake myspace account a used ur pics? and u have reported to myspace and then they havent done anything about it and u have all the documents showing that u taken care of it. someone created me a fake email and then a myspace and saying bad things about me. how can i take care of this? does anyone know? i mean i already have a myspace account and someone had created a new one for me and it says horriable things about me.




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