Numerous spam attacks have been floating around the internet lately. From the Twitter 11.5 Hours scam, to links posted for free Ipods or Southwest flights. Once your account has been compromised, you could be sending unsolicited messages to your friends and/or posting infected links on their wall. If you’ve fallen victim to an attack, don’t panic. Here is what you need to do to get rid of this spam permanently:
Step 1: Apologize and Warn Your Friends
If you were tricked into clicking on a link, chances are your friends may make the same mistake. Post a quick status update letting your friends know what is going on. You may have inadvertently already sent hundreds of messages/posts. It’s good manners to let people know what is going on.
Often these spam attacks are fueled by application scams. User will give applications access to their account expecting to receive quiz results or prizes. In a split second, many find they have instead given the application permission to post the offending link to their wall and hundreds of their friends.
Select Remove next to suspicious and/or recently activated apps.
Step 3: Report any remaining posts
Step 4: Be Careful!
If something sounds too good to be true, 99% of the time it is. Many of us have become accustomed to trusting links posted by our friends on Facebook. Try to keep in mind, that just like email, users need to be wary of unfamiliar links.
If you are still having problems after following these steps, contact Facebook’s Help Service for assistance.