Attack of the Facebook fatties

Weight loss spammers are attacking my Facebook Page and millions of others. And guess what – the spammers are winning.

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Does this blog make me look fat? It appears Facebook spammers think so. At least, they think I’m a big fat sucker for weight loss scams.

For the past week, weight loss spammers have been adding spammy comments to a four-month-old post on my Facebook fan page. They look like this:

Clicking any of those links takes you to an essentially empty Facebook Page, which immediately redirects to this following “advertorial” (which is not actually affiliated with Women’s Health Magazine), featuring a six-minute video from Dr. Oz praising the weight loss benefits of Green Coffee Extract.

Interestingly, at the bottom of this advertorial page was something that looked like the Facebook comments field – 683 uniformly positive comments about Natural Green Coffee Extract. Must be pretty darned effective, right?

But these too are fake. There was no way to add a new comment or reply to an existing one on this page; most of the links here are essentially painted on. But the user names I checked were all linked to actual Facebook accounts, most likely either bots operated by the spammer or people whose accounts had been hijacked.

Click the back arrow to close that page, and you get one of those “are you sure you want to leave?” popup windows. Say yes, and the advertorial returns you to the barebones Facebook Page, which then reloads the advertorial – creating an endless loop.

If you’re somehow persuaded enough by fake magazine story, Dr. Oz, and the fake Facebook comments to actually click through to the coffee extract site, you end up here:

 

 

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