It seems hacking and phishing are on the rise again! As always we need to be sure we keep our profiles safe. It has been reported that there is a new Facebook Phishing Scam.
When logging into Facebook, some users are getting a message that states they have violated a policy and will deactivate your account unless you “confirm your account with them”. Some of the messages users are getting are similar to this one:
Your account is reported to have violated a policy that is considered disruptive or insulting Facebook users. Until we http://www.facebook.com/security system will deactivate your account within 12 hours after you open this message if you do not confirm such reproductions.
If you still want to use your account, please confirm your facebook account below:
(If the link is not clickable, try copy it into your browser.)
Note: we recommend to facebook users, asked to filling data that are complete and very accurate because we are from http://www.facebook.com/security team can ensure that the ownership of the account actually exists in your control and no that is using your Facebook account without permission.
Facebook Security ™
Source from- Facecrooks.com
What this does is it will take you to a alternate site which is also a phishing site. Once you enter this information you believe is verifying your account, they have full access to it, and you just gave it to them. These sites look very similar to the actual Facebook, but really are just fake sites to steal your info that you input.
If you notice in this message there is a real Facebook Security link, the scammers do this to deceive you into putting the information they need to obtain to gain access to your account. As mentioned, this is NOT a real message from Facebook officials. On Facecrooks, they mention that the compromised accounts have this-
You should also check your friends list and see if you have ‘Fącebooƙ Șeȼurity’ listed as a friend. If you do, then one of your friends has been hacked. Scammers have changed the name of your friend, and they have likely replaced their profile picture with that of the real Facebook Security.
If you notice this sort of activity on a friends account be sure to take action to protect your account. Never click an external link a friend sends you about an offer too good to be true, chances are it is. And the one suffering will be you in the end. Keep yourself alert of any unusual or suspicious actions on a friends account and if you feel they have been hacked you should block or unfriend this person till the original owner has control of their account again. It’s better to be safe than sorry when someone’s account has been compromised. And friends will always understand if you have taken action against their compromised account.
As always never enter your information on a site you are unsure of, the outcomes are never good. Be safe and keep your account protected against scammers and phishing sites. It’s a shame this kind of issue has come around. There are many assumptions as to why they have done this, but it has not been confirmed as to why exactly. Facebook has removed this particular application but it is always better to be aware of and scams going around.
Do you feel Facebook is doing what they can to protect their users? Have you become victim of a Facebook Scam? Do scams like this make Facebook less enjoyable for you? Or even possibly worry you? We love to hear your thoughts on this! Comment below to let us know how you feel about this.