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WhoseSpace Is It Anyway?

Posted on 2007.04.15 at 12:41
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Secret Messages - Electric Light Orchestra
This has also been posted to my MySpace friends.

The friendly strangers were out in force today on MySpace. In about 40 minutes’ time, I received 7 New Friend Requests. As a matter of fact, 3 of them arrived simultaneously. The senders (apparently anyway) fell mostly within a certain demographic range. All were white. Almost all were aged 18 to 21 (except for one who claimed to be 30). Most declined to say where they lived, listing only “United States.” They seemed designed to cover a wide cross-section of types to maximize the chances that one might get friended by me – there was the teenage boy into classic rock, the serious-looking girl who designed her page in girly pinks and flowers and quoted Bible passages, and the buxom, falling-out-of-her-top girl who talked about how horny she was for both sexes and offered a link to nude photos of herself.

It should come as no surprise that I denied all of those friend requests. I also took a pass on the link to Buxom Gal’s gallery. Still, some questions remain –

When I first saw this type of friend request a while back, I figured it was from some real teenager who was in, perhaps, a contest with their friends to see who could amass the longest list of MySpace friends. But as these requests proliferated, it became clear that this was part of a larger scam. The question is – what are they after? Does my friending them automatically give them access to private information about me, or allow them to hack my information? Or is it less direct – being friended means that they can then get me to click on links that will scam me? What is the game here? And how do YOU deal with it?


(Anonymous) at 2007-04-16 03:18 (UTC) (Link)
I have my page set to private so only people who know my e-mail or last name are able to "friend request" me...
charlesofcamden at 2007-04-16 03:26 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the tip!
meryddian at 2007-04-16 19:07 (UTC) (Link)
If you look on their pages you'll notice that they usually contain an ad of some kind. Work from home or whatever.

I've had this one guy send me friend invites from no less than six *seperate* accounts. How do I know? He used the SAME picture on every single one! Bwuh! LOL.
charlesofcamden at 2007-04-16 22:54 (UTC) (Link)
Heehee! Yeah -- "Buxom Gal" mentioned above actually showed up in 2 separate friend requests. The photos and bios were identical, but the design of the home page was completely different, as was her supposed name. Also, she talked about how she was "new to the Internet, but my friends talked me into getting a MySpace account," yet her page had more bells & whistles & design features than I could begin to incorporate without a good deal of study. You and I can at least comfort ourselves with the thought that we are not the target audience for these postings, because we have brains!
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charlesofcamden at 2007-04-18 03:37 (UTC) (Link)
Hey! I KNOW YOUR LAST NAME! What other JJ access or special offers does this qualify me for?
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