Facebook Email Scam

If you have an active Facebook profile, then you probably get notifications from the website on a regular basis. How much do you trust those emails to contain accurate information? What precautions do you take to make sure that the emails really come from Facebook rather than someone phishing for private information?

Phisphing email scams have been a part of Web culture since the Internet was open to the public. Even back in the days of Usenet groups, people spammed each other with phishing scams.

Recently, someone started impersonating Facebook to convince people that they can feel safe submitting their private info.

In this particular scam, the email claims that you have a received a message via Facebook, but that the message has been lost. How did this happen? Not important! Do you want that message or not?

The problem, of course, is that the notification is completely fabricated. There never was a lost message in your Facebook inbox.

What should you do if you get this email? Take steps to make sure that you don’t get more from the same scam artist. Start by blocking the email address of the sender. That should send future messages directly to your spam or junk folder.

If you aren’t sure whether the email comes from a legitimate source, then you can always contact Facebook to find out. To find more information, you can visit the Facebook Security page. It offers a lot of suggestions that can help you stay safe online so that you don’t fall victims to phishers.

 

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~ by facebookhoaxes on August 31, 2011.

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