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How To Avoid Facebook Spam in Your Email

Ever feel like a fish in the water that just got hooked?  If you're biting, read on....

Face it, if you're on Facebook, you're getting email notifications constantly by those leaving comments or tagging you in videos and photos etc.  If you "" a comment by another member or friend on Facebook, you're likely to get an email notification every time someone else comments on their post too.  Pretty soon you get really good at reading or just deleting these notifications.  Sometimes you click the link to go on through to Facebook and see the alert, other times you probably just delete the less important notifications.

Facebook spammers are getting really savvy at using the site and information to SPAM you in a very tricky and devious way.  Here's one I received today that got me hook, line, and sinker.  I wanted to share this tid-bit of information so that you may prevent this from happening to you.  It is effective, it always works, and it could save you getting spammed or even prevent a virus from ending up on your computer.

This is the email I received as a notification from Facebook.

Looks pretty legit to me, and it's from Facebook right?  In fact I really didn't think about it twice. WRONG!

It Is Spam!  Very SMART SPAM!
Every link in the above email went to, an advertising site!

See, they used a simple comment, plus a look and feel from a brand that I'm familiar with.  Looks like something I'm used to seeing from Facebook?!  That got me to drop my guard, (which I did) and then I clicked on their link to see Sara's comment on this so-called photo.  (a photo I have no clue about so of course I'd click on it.)  Wouldn't you too?  C'mon, you know you would.  lol~  They got me, I GOT SPAMMED!


When you get email from ANYONE that includes links to another site or page on the web, ALWAYS hover your mouse over the link without clicking on it first, the REAL website or URL link will appear in the lower left hand corner of your Internet Browser.  I normally always do this but I was caught off guard today with this unsuspecting Facebook email.  They used FACEBOOK and the brand to sucker me in.

Watch out for these ever-so-clever spammers who are constantly finding new and improved ways of getting into our emails, our accounts, and our computer systems.  Fight Back on Spam, use the MHM Method (Mouse Hover Method) before you click on ANY links in your emails.

Here's a sample to test:  I'll create a link as they did in the email above, but the message that pops up and the URL that appears when you hover will demonstrate exactly how spammers are doing this.  Try it: Hover your mouse over this link:  Be sure to look in the lower left corner of your browser as your mouse hovers.  See there?  (Don't go getting any ideas now, this post is to help prevent spammers, not create more of them...haha)  This will work with any email, not just Facebook's.  It also works on web-page links and blog sites too.

This is the best way to prevent you from clicking on a spam link and feeling like a fish that just got hooked!



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Comment balloon 75 commentsBrad Andersohn • January 13 2011 06:48PM


Fantastic information - thanks!  I have gotten to the point where I don't click on anything because I think it is all spam.  I will have to test the next Craigslist scam I get.  They are always asking me to verify my account!  I got one today from (supposedly) IKEA but I googled it and it has already been reported to FTC.  I will probably post something on that. Thanks again.

Posted by Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad~  Well, guess what?  I learned somethng new today!  I have never hovered  my mouse before! Never even thought about it!  You just may be saving me from some headaches!  Thanks Brad!  I hope you are enjoying it over at the Big "Z"!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad, you always share great information...thank you for this one...never knew about that bottom left 'truth serum' to you

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Great watchout.  Wow, they have gotten creative and sneaky.  I will need to remember this one.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the heads up Brad! Spam is annoying and somehow they are always finding ways to get us. I guess we will just have to always be on the lookout. Thanks for the good tips!

Posted by Mike & Maria Patakas, Proven, Dedicated Realtors to Serve Your Needs. (Pacific Sotheby's International Realty - Palm Springs, CA) almost 10 years ago

Darn sneaky spammers.  It's a good thing I am going to be able to retire soon, I just got an email that there is $1,000,000,000 waiting for me in a bank account overseas, and all I have to do is wire them $5,000 to hold it for me....  Sorry, I've got to leave for Western Union.

Posted by Hal Hovey, Realtor - Oak Harbor Homes For Sale Whidbey Island (VA & FHA home buyers, vacation homes, foreclosure homes) almost 10 years ago

You know, if they would just let me be alone in the room with every spammer they catch for 10 minutes... I think I could deter that kind of crap.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 10 years ago

Brad - Very good advice. I always hover my mouse when something doesn't look right but it appears the spammers are getting better. Just subscribe their email to 100 porn sites :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) almost 10 years ago

I'd like to add be particulary careful about links to shortened urls such as the ones from bitly. Even after yo hover you won't know what the real site. It could be one tht spreadys viruses and  spyware. You could then end up with serience computer problems with related expenses and headaches.

Posted by Maya Swamy, Ph.D. Long Beach, CA - (Funds Available) almost 10 years ago

You are so smart!! I never thought of this but I guess some people have lots of time on their hands. 

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) almost 10 years ago

Looks like Facebook is the next Craigs list home base for spammers. Jeez.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) almost 10 years ago

I had my FB hacked...not a fun experience. Thanks for the reminder to Mouse Hover first.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 10 years ago

Brad- who knew!  You are always teaching us something new.. and for that I thank you.  I usually try not to click on links but darn they catch you sometimes because it seems easier.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

Never click on a link in an email.

Thanks for the reminder, Brad.

Posted by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

This is great information, Brad... hovering over the link, how simple and smart.  Thanks.

Posted by Virginia Gardner, Realtor, Charlottesville, Serving Central Virginia (Roy Wheeler Realty Co.) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad, thank you for sharing this. I never knew to hover over a link either. These spammers are just really very good, and yes, I would have clicked the link to see what picture it was..

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) almost 10 years ago

great post with a lot of great thoughts

thanks for the share

Posted by Vince McEveety (Gilleran Griffin Realty) almost 10 years ago

Spam in any form is an annoyance we don't need.  There's already so much in our email inboxes... who has time for it all?

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Brad, so GLAD you mentioned hovering over the link to see if it's real. I have done this so much to all my "spam" type emails and they NEVER are what they seem to be. I am so glad you go this out.  I NEVER click on anything in my email unless I TOTALLY %100 KNOW it's from someone I trust... and even then I email them back to ask.

You just never know. Smart blog and very timely... almost too late for some, wouldn't you agree?

Tammy Emineth

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) almost 10 years ago

Very good tip ~ thanks for sharing ~ hate spam and now I know how to check it ~ Mouse to the Rescue ~

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) almost 10 years ago

I am like many others - if I do not know the sender, I do not open the email.  Have only had a couple of times when I get the phone call asking why I have not responded.


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the heads up on this one.  I can't believe the amount of FB spam.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 10 years ago

Brad, Sneaky little suckers, aren't they?  I have had this happen a few times and like a dummy, I continue to click on them.  Now, I"ll do my homework first!  Thanks for the great tip Brad!  Hope you are doing well my friend :)

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Brad for the good info.  I am always scared to click on links.  I will hover from now on. :)

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) almost 10 years ago

I'm sure this will help a lot of people out. I recommend never clicking anything from facebook in your email because of these scams. Just log in to your FB account and everything will be right there for you to check.

Posted by Dustin McClure (Mossy Oak Properties Outdoor Realty) almost 10 years ago

Great post and advice Brad. I hate all the junk and spam I get...luckily my macbook has pretty good filters and is virus free.

Posted by Keith Jeppson - Salt Lake City Real Estate (Everest Realty Group) almost 10 years ago

That's a good tip. Thanks for pointing it out. Now I am anxious to check it out.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge almost 10 years ago

when I hovered I got the message pop up - however it never told me where the real link would go if I clicked it -- I have a MAC so wonder if that's why?  Nothing in bottom corner.  Thoughts?   Thanks Brad as always great information

Posted by Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate (Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Hey Brad,

News to me, thanks for the heads up and tip!

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Brad.. I have to make sure to look out for this. BTW Happy New Year

Posted by Donna Paul, Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast) almost 10 years ago

Hey Brad, another great tip as always. Better to hover first, than click and regret! So not we have to be on guard even on FB! Oh well, it was bound to happen eventually. Jon Hardison got spammed today with an Amber Alert.

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for a new tidbit of info!  I hadn't heard about the hover option & though I try not to click on links in emails, that one that looked like it was a Facebook notification was a really sneaky one that I might have fallen for...  In fact I am realizing I've gotten FB notification emails & figured I'd go see what it was when I signed on - & then it wasn't there - spam I guess!  Sheesh!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA almost 10 years ago

Brad, This is great advice and so helpful to have your example as well.  Sometimes we get use to instantly knowing an email is SPAM due to poor spelling and grammer w hich makes sleek emails like your example so easy to trust. 

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) almost 10 years ago

Thanks, Brad. Good tip. It sure was easier to sort through junk mail when it was delivered to the mailbox by the mailman.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) almost 10 years ago

Great info Brad, I normally hover over links just to double check it is going were it is suppose to go. Thanks for pointing out to everyone. All the best in the new year

Posted by Eva Aliaga, Boca Raton & Delray Beach: SE Florida Real Estate (Partnership Realty Inc) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for tip. 

Posted by Manny Bermas almost 10 years ago

Brad - Great, great advice as always.  I would have fallen for that particular email, too.  :)

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Great advice... I usually don't click on links from emails... But Facebook is an exception... It is so much easier to click on the link and engage on the discussion... I always check the low, left corner of my screen before doing it though...

Posted by Jose Dias, Sell Your Home in Scottsdale-Phoenix-Peoria-Glendale-Goodyear (Home Sellers Help in Scottsdale-Phoenix-Peoria-Glendale) almost 10 years ago

Awesome advice Brad! Thanks for sharing it . . . --JM

Posted by John Michailidis, Real Property Management of Sarasota & M (Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee) almost 10 years ago

Those spammers are pretty sneaky. Thanks for the information.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) almost 10 years ago

Wow thanks for the info...just cant get away from the spam

Posted by Greg Freeman (Citiwide Real Estate Services ) almost 10 years ago

thank you for the great tips here. I get quite a bit of garbage from Facebook...awesome post...congrats on the feature.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad -  I had never heard this method of checking a link.  Thanks for teaching me something new.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 10 years ago

I'm seeing a tremendous amount of spam on all my blogs recently. It's so much of a problem that I am going to have to seek a paid solution.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Since I moved those emails from FB into Spam folder, I haven't paid attention to that anymore.

leatherman blast

Posted by Stephen Frears almost 10 years ago

Wow, how timely. This happened to me just yesterday. I got spammed and didn't even know it.

Posted by Bernadine Hunter, SFR, ACRE, "Finding Solution to Your Real Estate Needs" (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty) almost 10 years ago

GOOD MORNING BRAD!  Been hovering all morning practicing "looking to the bottom left" thanks to this -- THANK YOU! -- G

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) almost 10 years ago
Brad good info, me thinks there will be a lot more spam type stuff coming from FB. I was tagged in a picture by a friend even though I was not in the picture and she got 25 comments on the photo and I got an email for every one , thankfully in my junk folder.
Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Brad...very clever indeed and I am sure that I have gotten one of these messages.  I didn't know the hover rule.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Navona Hart, Selling the Best Properties in Central Virginia (Real Living Cornerstone) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Brad. I haven't gotten any spam so far but now that I am posting this, I bet I am spammed today! Thanks for the info--

Posted by Linda Esposito, NY Expert Home Stager, New York Home Stager Blog and Instructor (HouseSetters Home Staging Services) almost 10 years ago

Thy got me too Brad. . then I received an email from me!. . with a Viagra ad.. .what  gives?

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) almost 10 years ago

Good information.  I struggle with Facebook and every tip I can get I will use!  Thanks!

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) almost 10 years ago

My husband told me about this a while back because I was getting so much regular spam in my e-mail. This is a very good tip pass on though is most people do not know that where a link goes is not always the same as what is on screen.

Posted by Jacquie Cliff, - Real Estate and Short Sale Expert (Champions Real Estate Services - Lynnwood, WA) almost 10 years ago

Boy did I need this info, THANKS A MILLION!!!

Posted by Malik Crichlow, Maplewood,SouthOrange,Union Real estate (GoodBuy Homes NJ Essex & Union County Real Estate specialist) almost 10 years ago

I have been receiving more SPam FAcebook Email. This post will help decrease that problem.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) almost 10 years ago

Brad, great information! The mouse hover method will save a lot unwanted emails in the future. Thanks.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 10 years ago

I dont know about you, but I love spam. Spam and eggs, Spam and rice, and just fried spam.......Thanks for the tips on the other spam.......

Posted by Earl Miller, Solano County, Contra Costa,Benicia Real Estate, 707-280-6366 (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) almost 10 years ago

Great tips Brad.  I get these a lot and never click on them.  So glad that I haven't!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad - You created a new protocol... the MHM method.... love it... Another new acronym for my vocabulary..... lol

Very wise information of course

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) almost 10 years ago

Wow...the spammers, I remember used to use Bank Templates etc.

Looks like the moment you get well-known, you are a target of spamming.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 10 years ago

Thank you Brad!  They are so clever.  I hate that we live in a world where you have to be so suspicious all the time.  You always have to have your guard up.  It's too bad.  But unfortunately we do.  Thankfully we do have good friends who share great information like this.  Thank you Brad!

Posted by Nyssa Smith, REALTOR, State College Area Real Estate (Keller Williams Advantage Realty) almost 10 years ago

It seems like the spam ones are gong into my junk folder and the real ones come to my regular email so I caught onto this right away, but I am sure its easy to fool you.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) almost 10 years ago

Thank you so much!  I learned something today.  I hadn't thought to check the lower left corner to see where a link is directed when I hover over it.  I don't usually fall for SPAM, but this one was so well done I can totally see where it would be easy to do so.

Posted by Tara Cummins, Marketing Concierge, Strategy4SuccessNow (Stratagy4SuccessNow) almost 10 years ago

I try to keep my FB interaction/emails to a minimum to help prevent this kind of stuff.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) almost 10 years ago

Good one Brad!  Thanks for the tip.  I'll be sharing it with my Facebook people!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 10 years ago

WOW! Thanks for the feature AR, and for your help getting the word out. I hope it will help others. 

I used to think only Wells Fargo and Paypal were cultivating spammers like this, Facebook is now on the radar alert!

If you do hover your mouse over a link on any email, website, or blog post and the URL doesn't show in the lower left hand corner of your browser, then you have the option "turned off" somewhere in the "settings" of your specific browser. 

There's not a one-size-fits-all remedy for this since there are so many different browsers out there these days with multiple settings.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the helpful information.  Never hurts to be advised of how to eliminate as much spam as you can.  I usually do this but I sometimes still get taken in, just like you.  ;)  I have to say that when I post to, in the past, my listings, I would inevitably get spam from it.  That's why I use another email and dress up my email address so that they can't figure out who I am.  That alleviates most of it but I still get some dirtbags that respond to my listing post and all that is in their email is a link of what they have to offer.  I get soooooo aggravated with this, that I wind up putting them on my newsletter database of names to mail out to.  Hey, they sought me out so now I can do the same!  :)

Posted by Karen L. Pietsch, Cary Property Pros. Cary Property Pros Premier Real Estate (Cary Property Pros - 4 Sale Realty, Inc.) almost 10 years ago


Happy New Year, and thanks for the enjoyable post, & the many comments that you received. I will be on the look off for any faux emails.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) almost 10 years ago

Ok, they are starting to come in hot and heavy now, I just got another one from this Claudia...  be careful out there folks.

The links in this one went to, but I wasn't a sucker this time and I didn't click on them.  Ha!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

sucker! haha!

The one that would have gotten me in the past (before I knew about it) was the Facebook virus where you'd get a message from someone about 'look at what you're doing in this video'. The first time I got a message like that was from someone that I knew would have no video of me doing something dumb. Had it been from you, I probably would have clicked on it :-)

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) almost 10 years ago

Brad, this is valuable information.  Thanks so much for the great tip!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 10 years ago

Yes this is good info to have.  And the moment we figure all this out, they'll come up with something else...oui'  

Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - almost 10 years ago

Even the best can get suckered into clicking on a spam link!  Thanks for sharing the hovering tip and the Facebook example.

Posted by Retired from ActiveRain almost 10 years ago

Brad, Mouse Hovering is great advice...spammers are all over!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) almost 10 years ago

I disable all the notifications from FB. So I receive zero emails from there( even no direct messages, I just check FB 1-2 times a day and answer directly from there)

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 6 years ago