Beware of This New Facebook Email Scam; It Steals Your Username and Password

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:

Facebook-Email-Scam-Message

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.

Facebook-Email-Scam-Message-Highlights

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.

Facebook-Email-Scam-Malicious-Link

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)

4 comments

  1. It’s good to know that there are still some good guys out there looking out for us . I will be passing this along.

    Thanks

    1. No problem, glad this helped you :)

  2. THANK YOU, Shujaa … For letting those of us, who read “geeky & techie” articles!!! I will be sharing this with my family and friends, on Facebook, as well. I only wish, that the majority of Facebook users, would not be so gullible and naive. I am knowledgeable enough to know, a “scam” or “phish” when I see one, but, I can honestly say, most of my family and friends lack computer savvy.

    I do wish the “bad guys” would stop doing this. Facebook is not a financial or insurance website, where real havoc, can cause bad damage. Facebook is just a social media place, where people can get updates to what is happening, with family and friends.

    I am sitting here, still shaking my head, in total disbelief that, these “bad guys” will not stop, for any reason.

  3. Just received an e-mail just like this one in my spam folder.
    Subject line:” Francisco your unread messages will be deleted soon promulgate”
    Body: You haven’t been to Facebook for a few days, and a lot happened while you were away.
    your unread messages will be deleted soon
    My name is NOT Francisco and I have NOTHING on Facebook, it’s only there for posting comments to certain websites, nothing else.
    The links go to ortopediamexico.com.mx/home/en.php, obviously NOT Facebook.
    Reply mail goes to gunofficial@dcswins.com.

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