Spammers are now targeting popular social media site Tumblr, according to a Symantec media alert released last week.
The spam campaign utilises Tumblr’s Ask feature, which works similarly to sites like Formspring. Followers, and even anonymous users, are able to ask questions on the Tumblr blog depending on the settings of the blog and if the Ask feature is enabled.
The spam campaign posts comments in the Ask section, with the poster claiming that he or she has lost weight using the Official Tumblr Diet and suggesting that the owner of the blog check it out as well.
Naturally, there is no such thing as a Official Tumblr Diet, and the link redirects to a website that espouses the benefits of a new diet “miracle” pill, complete with testimonials and offer links.
According to Symantec, it is uncertain if the site is a scam, or if it actually sends out genuine or fake diet pills. However, Symantec recommends users to refrain from purchasing good through such offers.
Tumblr has implemented an Ignore feature which allows users to block accounts, IP address or computers sending spam messages. It is advised that users do not answer such submissions, visit the URLs provided or provide any personal details to dubious websites.
More information about this spam campaign can be found here.