Verify My Account Spam Runs Rampant On Facebook

A new application has begun spreading on Facebook that takes advantage of sharing of the Facebook platform. Whatever you do, don't click the link described here.

In the past hour, a new application has begun spreading on Facebook that takes advantage of the existing sharing system. Whatever you do, don’t click the link described below.

The system is pretty straightfrward. It suggests that you click “VERIFY MY ACCOUNT” within a link which ultimately results in the user posting the same message to all their friends’ walls. The message typically resembles the following one:

In order to PREVENT SPAM, I ask that you VERIFY YOUR ACCOUNT. Click VERIFY MY ACCOUNT right next to comment below to start the process…

The result is that thousands of users have seen the message spreading to their profiles in the past hour or so. Our guess is that this message could reach hundreds of thousands of users before it’s shut down (unless Facebook’s security team is up right now). The bottom line is this: don’t click any of the links resembling the ones pictured below.

Have you seen this spreading across your news feed?