Be on the lookout for the following bogus Facebook message from Facebook Security or ”Faćebøøĸ Sẻƈurîƚy” as it is commonly displayed. Obviously, we aren’t talking about the real Facebook Security here. It is a phishing attempt to gain access to Facebook user accounts:
The Facebook message looks something like this:
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.
Please confirm your facebook account below:
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 ™
Another popular message is shown below:
WARNING : Your account is reported to have violated the policies that are considered annoying or insulting Facebook users.system will disable your account within 24 hours if you do not do the reconfirmation.
Notice how the scammers are using the authentic link to Facebook Security to make the ruse appear more legit. One BIG, red flag is that the verification link is to a third party Facebook application. We tried to follow the link, but this particular application has been removed by Facebook. You can be sure there are others that are active and in use.
The scam likely sends the users to an application similar to the one shown below:
Another ploy is to direct users to an external website. These sites are usually designed to look like Facebook, and most all of the web addresses are easily recognized as not being Facebook. Always take a moment and verify you are actually on Facebook.com before entering any login information.
If a user submits their Facebook login credentials, then the scammer will have complete control over their account. They can access their personal information to try and steal their identity, they can send bogus messages to their friends stating that they are in trouble and please send money, they can send links to other scams to all of the victim’s Facebook friends….the opportunities for misuse and exploitation are endless!
* Users have reported receiving this message via Facebook Chat / Messages and regular email.
How to Deal with the Scam:
If you entered your Facebook login credentials on the scam page, then you need to try to reclaim your account. Check out the following article for additional steps you should take:
Be sure to let your Facebook friends know that your account has been compromised and not to click on any links that are sent from you.
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. Block or unfriend this account until it has been reclaimed by your friend. You don’t want a scammer having unfettered access to all of your profile information. If you are able to tell which friend has been compromised, then notify your mutual friends of the situation.
Never click on links in Facebook chat or regular email to login to Facebook or other websites. Navigate directly to the site, and enter your login information there. This will drastically reduce your chances of having your account hacked.
If you or your Facebook friends are falling for tricks like this, it’s time to get yourself informed of the latest threats. Be sure to join the Facecrooks page on Facebook to be kept informed of the latest security issues. Also check out:
BitDefender Safego is a Facebook application you can install that will scan your News Feed and help keep you safe from scams on Facebook.
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