For the last 24 hours I have been receiving numerous emails from an account claiming to be Mark Zuckerburg, the founder of Facebook. While I would love the chance to sit down with the Facebook CEO, there is only one problem, the account is registered to Marc Zucckerburg (notice the spelling). The account not only features the face of the company’s founder, but claims that he wants to give me a free Apple iPhone, oh happy day!
Realizing immediately that Mark Zuckerberg was spelled incorrectly I reached out to Facebook using their basic spam forms, foolishly thinking they would realize the name and delete the account immediately, then I received a second message and a third via Facebook Messaging from Zucckerburg (all in a 24 hour period) so I decided to click on his “Cause” page included in the email (just for fun since I have a well guarded Macbook Pro) at which point I was immediately taken to (don’t click this link): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Face-Book-Giveaway/172228279494824 and then redirected seconds late to (again don’t click this link): http://prizebook.w2c.ru/facebook/award/index.php (notice its, a scam site that asks me to sign up and pay for various programs to receive my “free prize.”
After 24 hours the account remained in place so I then decided to abuse the Facebook system and click on “Report” followed by “Credible Threat Of Violence” and again on “Report” and “Sexually Explicit” I know those are not the proper uses of the system, but Facebook was ignoring an obvious bit of spam that I had already reported through proper channels.
Here are my issues with this scam, first, why in the world was a Facebook Page so easily redirected and second why hasn’t Facebook created an algorithm to look for fake Zuckerberg names. Surely a simply algorithm could be implemented to determine if all the letters in Mark’s name have been used for an account name or if a certain percentage of letters in his name have been implemented.
It’s sad that Facebook would delete a real person with the name “Kate Middleton” because they thought the user was a fake account that would have influence over followers, yet they allow their namesake to be so easily manipulated with mass emails sent out to various users.
I’ve reached out to Facebook with no immediate response, if anyone at the company feels obliged you can email me directly: [email protected].
Here’s the Facebook Message I received several times (Notice that 1,390 people have “liked” this page):
Have you been a victim of this Mark Zucckerburg scam?