Fanbox.com is a spam service that pretends to be a “social network”. It is a scam, because it generally does 2 things:
a) provides paid SMS solution while being listed in couple of sites as phishing one (hphosts, for example)
b) Spams people in contact list with deceitful emails to grow its business.
I’ll focus on second part this time: spamming. Actually, my mother got scammed into joining this “service” and all her gmail contacts got invites from the scammers. First, she got email that looket like this:
I set up a profile where I can post photos, connect and share.
Do me a favor and confirm our relationship here
Notice how personal it look? But it is not personal – both my mother and the person sent this email are not english speakers. Still, she got convinced that it was the senders intention to invite. When clicking on the link, account is created.
Another email example :
xxx xxx wants you see this tiny youtube video. Launch
The link opens a page with a big button and checkbox that you agree with the rules. When pressing confirm you are sent to a page where you see no video, but can send something back to the person… What you do not know, your account is already created: The links have your emails encoded and you do not need to provide password ( although you are asked to enter it later). This is deceptive from FANBOX.
The worst is that from these points onward people are pushed to provide fanbox with gmail account details to import and spam contacts. They understand what they have done only after their contacts start getting multiple spam messages like the ones above to join (and help spreading) this spam site.
The company behind this runs SMS.ac. They are known about their spam tactics before.
I would recommend staying away from FanBox and never providing mail account details to any 3rd party service you do not know. It is best to use separate password for gmail account as well. If you have registered an account, or know someone who was careless enough, please warn them to delete the account. It can be done by going to account settings menu (skip every step) and choose delete account. You will have to enter a reason for that.