Is This Mysterious Facebook Email Spam the Start of a Trend?

This morning a strange Facebook-related email showed up in my inbox. I was invited to Like a Page from an entity I have no recollection of previously interacting with on Facebook:

Facebook spam

The text says “since you’ve already subscribed to their email updates . . .” But this is not true. I indicated to Facebook that this was spam. But I’m wondering what’s going on.

It’s possible, I suppose, that I had some indirect interaction with this Page on Facebook at some point in the past. However I don’t believe I ever did — at least not intentionally. Perhaps this is the beginning of a spammy new trend where companies and other entities will deceptively try and get users to Like their Pages with email like this.

Have others seen this sort of thing?

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2 Responses to “Is This Mysterious Facebook Email Spam the Start of a Trend?”

  1. Daniel C Berman says at

    Facebook pages have the ability to upload an email address list and then send invitations as a standard part of their functionality. If you access the Facebook Page Admin for business page, click on Build Audience, and then invite email contacts you will see a whole range of options for you to upload a list of email addresses. Thankfully Facebook limits the upload to 5,000 contacts at a time.

    If for some reason the source of the list of email addresses was less than stellar, you end up with a situation like what you describe above.

  2. Greg says at

    Thanks. Obviously it’s in nobody’s interest to spam. 

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