Fakebook emails

Phishing isn’t the most popular type of Facebook fraud these days, but it is still prevalent. Hackers that use these scams send out thousands of official-looking emails that request account information from Facebook members. They know that most people won’t fall for the trick, but they count on a small percentage of Fb users that don’t think about emails critically.

Many of the phishing scams actually tell Facebook members that their accounts have been compromised by a hacker. The email might then suggest replying with log in information to confirm your identity or send you to a fake Facebook site where you log in, thus providing the hacker with your private info.

Phishing has been around for as long as the Internet has been public. It became most popular when AOL started cracking down on hackers by shutting down their accounts. Since they wanted to continue using the Internet for illegal activities, they phished for member log in information. Then they would log in as that person.

Today, phishing scams often still mine for private info.  Others directly ask you for cash with a promise that you will be rewarded many times over.

Think that you know how to protect yourself for Facebook scams that use phishing strategies? Take this online quiz to find out how much you really know: Facebook Security. You might find out that you still have a lot to learn about protecting yourself from scam artists that use emails to trick people into giving them sensitive information.

 

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~ by facebookhoaxes on November 23, 2010.

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