This seems to be part of a general increase in fraudulent email messages of this type in recent weeks. I have received messages purporting to be Facebook friend requests from people whose names I don’t know, but when I go to my Facebook page (since I’m not going to click the link in the message), I find that there is no friend request there for that person. I have also been receiving fake Twitter invitations. The latter scam is not a new one; it’s been around for at least several months, but I’m seeing it again in my Inbox. You can read about it here:
User education is one key to preventing damage from these types of scams. Since many employees use their work computers and company email addresses for occasional non-company correspondence, the company network can be at risk if users click these links. What about technological enforcement? Is it feasible to block/disable all links in email messages? Or is that too much of a “nuclear option?” Some people I’ve talked to say that the ability to click links in messages has become a vital feature of email and removing that would cripple the functionality of email. I’m interested in what readers think about this and invite you to write to me at [email protected] about it.