People have told me that they are receiving messages from me via Instant Messenger. These messages have been links to other sites.
The first poster, jPaulB, it sounds like your account was hijacked (someone may have guessed your instant messenger password) based on what you have described. I would change my password immediately on my IM account. Please let us know what happened when you get a chance.
In regards to your situation, fuzzy (the second poster), my first thought is maybe someone you know had their account hacked and the scammer is impersonating them, but it does not sound like it in this case. I don't think you are hacked, but I don't know all the details, just taking a guess from your post.
I get MSN IM SPIM and report it when I do (and if I have time that day). If you want me to show you how I report I SPIM, I can send it to you in a PM or I can link to a sample online. I have never gotten SPIM impersonating someone I may know. Usually I get hit with SPIM from throwaway live.com accounts and they are advertising dating sites.
Many time attackers use weak passwords such as words that appear in a dictionary or easily guessed passwords and attackers scan for these all the time in email and in IM. Once they get in they usually do things to scam people. They do this in email, IM, websites logins, almost anything you can think of online. That is why using a weak password online is a big no-no.
Though what I am posting below is not about SPIM, it is about someone impersonating people you know by hacking passwords to email accounts on yahoo or hotmail. What they try to do they pretend to be someone you know and tell you through email that they are stranded overseas and need $$ very quickly to return home. Sadly people fall for this as well. It is just a variation of advance fee fraud, sorta like 419 Nigerian scams. You send "your friend" the money and you are then taken.
Take a look at this interesting blog entry by Gary Warner (a spam analyst expert)http://garwarner.blogspot.com/2009/02/trav...ers-newest.html
Last Friday I had a phone call that sounded like an opportunity to look at a new scam from end-to-end. A retired school teacher in the Birmingham, Alabama area had received an email from a friend, claiming that she was stranded in London, and needed funds urgently to get home. The friend promised to repay the funds as soon as she arrived home safely.
Edited by nospam, 13 February 2009 - 12:47 AM.