Facebook users have been plagued with links that claim to have exclusive shots of a new “iPhone 5”. While it is unclear who is posting these links, it is evident that they are spam. It may show up as a link to a post on a Facebook user’s profile page. When clicked, it opens up a new page and loads a window to fill in, to check that the person isn’t a robot. As soon as the CAPTCHA is completed, a copy of the original message will be posted on your wall telling all of your friends and connections that you commented on something.
When your friends click it, the process repeats until the message is generated to the masses. After the user fills in the CAPTCHA, this leads to a survey which, when completed, the spammer gets paid for. It’s all a very sneaky process, gripping those who are lured in by the link. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened though.
There have been many false links related to the iPhone 4, and any topic that is popular in the news. For example, after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, links that claimed to have pics of Osama sprang up on Facebook pages everywhere. Facebook recommends that users not click the links, even if it appears it is from someone they may know.[via RedmondPie]