Does This Sound Fishy to You?

Last  night someone on Facebook posted the following message on the Facebook Hoaxes wall:

I just received this email, an attached rar document of 46kb comes with it.“Hey XX ,
Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed.You can find your new password in attached document.
Thanks,The Facebook Team.”

im not stupid enough to open it, and my FB password still works…. has anyone opened this or does anyone know about it?

I left out the Facebook member’s name to protect his/her identity a little.

I pass this probable scam on to you not because it’s something out of the ordinary, but rather because it’s the kind of thing that happens all of the time. If you have an account to Facebook, Myspace, Yahoo!, Google, or pretty much any other popular web site, then chances are that you have gotten a similar email.

This is a slight variation on the requests from fake Facebook customer service reps asking members to provide their protected login information to ensure continued use of their memberships. It’s different, but not by much.

As you can probably see, this email attempts to play with the member’s fear of security breaches by explaining that the password has been changed “because of measures to provide safety to our clients.”

You should immediately ask yourself why Facebook would reset your password without notifying you beforehand. You should also wonder why they would send it to you in a rar document. That’s just absurd.

Unfortunately, many of Facebook’s members don’t know much about computers. They’re young people who like to see what they’re friends are up to. Or they’re people who only use computers when they want to communicate with their friends. They probably know that there are big concerns in the world about internet security, but they don’t know how much those concerns apply to them.

That’s why resources like this blog and the Facebook Hoax group are so beneficial. If you have received any questionable requests from “the Facebook Team,” then be sure to check here and other sites to make sure the message doesn’t sound like a hoax.

How do you know if a request from “the Facebook Team” seems questionable? If you’ve gotten a request, then, trust me, it’s questionable. Very few social networking sites are interested in contacting their members to request personal information or send email attachments.


~ by facebookhoaxes on March 17, 2010.

One Response to “Does This Sound Fishy to You?”

  1. […] Just as I expected, the “password reset” Facebook hoax that I wrote about earlier today has been confirmed as a scam. Multiple sources have reported that McAfee and Sophos find malware in […]

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