According to Roger Thompson, chief research officer with antivirus company AVG Labs, a rising number of bogus profiles were being used to try and tempt the social network's users into downloading viruses.
In a post on the AVG Labs blog, he explained how the fake accounts had appeared, with a request to download a video. If unsuspecting users clicked on the link, it downloaded a piece of malicious software to their computer.
“Clearly, the data snatchers have found a way to automate the creation of Facebook accounts,” Thompson wrote. “I'm sure Facebook will deactivate all these accounts as quickly as they find them, but it can't be an easy thing for them to find.”