Stopping MySpace Bulletin Spam in Two Steps

If you’re on MySpace, and nowadays it seems like everyone is, you may have run across bulletin spam, either coming from your account, or from a friend’s. You’ll know it’s bulletin spam because the subject line will look something like:

z3c6643 You Have To Check This Out!!!!!!!!

When you open up the bulletin, it will promise you something free, or great, or both, if you just “click here.” When you “click here,” you’ll be directed to a page that appears to be a MySpace page, which asks you to log in with your username and password.

The only problem is, if you look at the top of the screen in the field for the URL, you’ll notice it’s not a MySpace website. It’s some other website that’s somehow made itself look like MySpace, and when you enter your username and password, this other website captures them and is then able to post similar spam bulletins from your account.

Now I don’t really understand the point of all this. But it’s annoying, especially because it spreads so quickly, and you’re not sure what else they’re able to do with your account besides post bulletin spam. So if you have bulletin spam coming from your account, do two things:

1) Delete all the spam bulletins you’ve posted by going to “view all bulletin entries” then “show bulletins I’ve posted” then deleting the appropriate ones. This will prevent anyone else from clicking on your bulletins and getting bulletin spam, and spreading it further.

2) Change your password by going to “account settings” then “change password.” This prevents the spammers from logging into your account and posting more spam.

And if you notice bulletin spam coming from someone else’s account tell them to follow these same steps.

Also, anytime MySpace asks for your username and password, double-check the URL and make sure it really is an authentic MySpace page. This goes for non-MySpace websites that ask for your username and password, as well. If you’reÃ?¯Ã?¿Ã?½ trying to get to the Bank of America website but the URL says http://www.passwordstealers.com that’s a clue you’re in the wrong place.

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