McAfee Warns about Facebook Phishing Attempts

Phishing for passwords isn’t new by any means. It’s been going on since the early days when AOL ruled the Web.

Somewhat amazingly, though, these phishing attempts still work. At least, the continued use of the scam suggests that enough people are falling for them for hackers to continue sending out millions of fraudulent emails a week.

In case you’re one of the few people who don’t know about phishing, it’s a strategy that hackers use to gain private information (usually passwords, bank account numbers, and the like) by posing as someone from a company that you trust. The recent warning from McAfee focuses on phishing attempts that use emails supposedly from the Facebook team.

The scams usually say something along the lines of:

Dear users of Facebook,

because of the measures taken to improve safety to our clients, your password has been changed. You can find your new password in the attached document.

Thanks,

Your Facebook

The attachment mentioned in the above email, however, is actually a password stealing program. Once it’s opened, it will start sending your passwords to an outside party.

Unlike most phishing scams, this one uses properly written English. That’s amazing considering that most of the scams come from areas where few people are native speakers.

You can avoid phishing scams like this by staying critical when you receive emails that ask you for info. Very few legit companies will contact you via email about this information unless you request them to. If you have any doubts, contact the company through its website to check the email’s validity. Don’t reply to the email that you get, though. It’ll just go to the hacker, who will assure that everything is legitimate.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on July 2, 2010.

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