Saturday, July 12, 2014


Phishing attacks are one of the most common scams on Facebook. The goal of these scams is to obtain your Facebook user name and password. If successful, thescammerscan totally take over your Facebook account and use it to spread more spam and scams to your friends. They can alsomineeveryone in your network for data they can later use for identity theft or other socially engineered attacks. Here are some examples of popularphishingschemeson Facebook: 1.Facebook Lottery– You’re likely to receive an email stating you’ve won a sum of money. These can also be advanced fee scams. 2.Confirm Your Account– Any messages asking you to confirm your account should be viewed with extreme suspicion. If you receive an email like this, don’t follow any links. A better option is to log in to Facebook directly. 3.Violated a Policy– Hacked accounts often send messages posing as ‘Facebook Security.’ If you encounter one of these scams, you’ll notice that Facebook Security will be spelled with non-traditional characters. This is done to bypass Facebook’s filtersPhotos & Videos - Thescammersattempt to capitalize on our curious nature. You will receive a message from a compromised friend’s account asking you to look at this photo or video. A popular theme is to say the picture is embarrassing or they can’t believe you did that, etc. Other variants of this scam contain files laden with malware. Most all of these scams direct you to external links to pages designed to look like Facebook. Before logging in to any site, always verify that you are indeed on the main site. Careless and unsuspecting users are often fooled by these tricks. thanks to

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