Another phishing scam aimed at frightening Facebook users into disclosing their login information is the most recent social media scam. Here are some tips on how to recognise the scam and defend your account from hackers.
How Does the Facebook Phishing Scam Work?
You get an email that appears to be from Facebook and says something like, “Recently, we discovered a breach of our Facebook Community Standards on your page.
Your page has been disabled due to a violation of the Facebook Terms of Service. If you believe the decision was made incorrectly, you can request a review and file an appeal using the link provided below.”
The message may also state that if you do not act within the next 24 hours, Facebook will permanently delete your account.
A link in the email appears to take users to Facebook.com. You might be tempted to click because you want to keep your account, but you need to maintain your composure and take a closer look.
You’ll probably spot indications of phishing scams if you look more closely. These include grammatical errors, email sender addresses that are unrelated to Facebook, and links in emails that don’t lead to Facebook’s website when you hover over them without clicking.
If you click the link, you’ll probably be taken to a page that appears official and asked to fill out an appeal form for the policy infraction. Your login email, phone number, name, and other information will be required.
When you hit submit, the page will prompt you to confirm your password. If you do, Phishing scammers will have access to all the data they require to hack your account.
What is Phishing Scam?
Phishing Scams use fake emails, text messages, phone calls, or websites to trick people into downloading malware, sharing sensitive information (e.g., PAN and credit card numbers, bank account numbers, login credentials), or taking other actions that expose themselves or their organisations to cybercrime.
Successful phishing Scams frequently result in identity theft, credit card fraud, ransomware scams, data breaches, and massive financial losses.
Facebook Phishing Scams: How To Avoid Them
1. Remain Calm
Prior to taking any action, carefully review any suspicious emails for clues of a scam. Keep in mind that fake alerts are common because scammers frequently target social media accounts.
2. Check the Claims.
Before deciding how to proceed, log into your Facebook account directly to make sure there is a problem.
3. Always Use the Direct Login Method to Access Your Account.
Even if you believe an alert to be legitimate, log in via your social media app or type the URL into the address bar on your browser instead of clicking on a link that has been sent to you.
4. Keep Your Login Information Secure.
Never use a website or page other than the official Facebook website to enter your login information.
Never share your login details with anyone via Facebook Messenger or email. Change your password right away if you used a fake form to enter your login information.
How to Spot a Phishing Scam?
Recognizing a phishing attempt isn’t always easy, but a few pointers, some discipline, and common sense can help. Look for anything out of the ordinary.
Trust your instincts, but don’t let fear consume you. Fear is frequently used in phishing scams to cloud your judgement. Here are some more indicators of a phishing attempt:
- The email contains an offer that appears to be too good to be true. It could say you won the lottery, an expensive prize, or some other extravagant item.
- You recognise the sender, but it’s not someone you know. Even if you recognise the sender’s name, be wary if it’s from someone you don’t normally communicate with, especially if the email’s content has nothing to do with your normal job responsibilities. The same is true if you’re CC on an email to people you’ve never met or a group of colleagues from unrelated business units.
- The message appears to be frightening. Be cautious if the email contains charged or alarmist language designed to create a sense of urgency, urging you to click and “act now” before your account is terminated. Remember that responsible organisations do not request personal information via the Internet.
- The message includes attachments that are unexpected or unusual. These attachments could be infected with malware, ransomware, or another online threat.
- The message contains links that appear to be broken. Even if none of the above tickles your interest, don’t take any embedded hyperlinks at face value. Hover your cursor over the link to see the full URL. Look out for subtle misspellings in otherwise familiar-looking websites, as this indicates impersonation. It is always preferable to type in the URL directly rather than clicking on the embedded link.
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