A new malicious email claiming to be from official Facebook sources is reportedly being sent to email inboxes around the world. So be extremely cautious. If you just checked your email and found an email from Facebook, approach with a lot of caution and hesitation. This latest Facebook email scam attempts to claim username and password details from innocent users, and is yet another example of the malicious scams that have been hitting the Web for the past few years.
The email itself does really do an impressive job of presenting itself in order to convince its receiver to fall into the trap. If you’ve ever received and read an email from Facebook, you’ll be familiar with the layout and colours of the email. In many ways, this scam is quite similar to the Apple ID phishing scam that came out a few months ago.
The malicious email:
The text within the email reads:
You haven’t been to Facebook for a few days, and a lot has happened while you were away.
It then states that
your messages will be deleted in a few days.
The email doesn’t care to explain any further why Facebook would suddenly want to delete your messages only after a “few days of inactivity.” However, under the disguise of two “View Messages” and “Go To Facebook” buttons, it does provide links to external websites.
The thing is, clicking either of these buttons takes the user to a third-party malicious website with the intention being to steal the username and password that is entered.
The saddest thing, considering Facebook has so many users who value their account and conversation history, is it’s likely that a fair few will be tempted to click the links to try and prevent any deletion. So please, for the sake of your account safety, don’t do it.
As we say always, if you’re reading this website, it’s fair to say you have at lease some basic tech knowledge. Having that, you should check anything and everything that looks suspicious to you, especially fake emails like these. And be sure to follow this article to help you secure your Facebook account.
(Source: Eric Ligman, Microsoft Executive, MSDN)