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[Phishing Alert] Bogus Email from Facebook Security

02
Jun
2011

Be on the lookout for the following bogus email message from Facebook Security. It is a cleverly crafted phishing attempt by scammers trying to gain access to Facebook user accounts:

Facebook Security June 1 at 9:40pm Report
Dear Costumer Facebook.

Your Facebook account was recently logged into from a computer, mobile device or other location you’ve never used before. We have reviewed your account activity, and we get information about possible unauthorized access to your Facebook. We have provided a warning to you via email, but you do not respond to our notification.

“Your account was accessed from a new location : Anonymous Proxy.”

If you are not signing into your Facebook account from “Anonymous Proxy”, your Facebook account mayhave been compromised. We recommend immediately verify your account by carefully on the link below to protect your Facebook account. It may take a few minutes of your time to complete your data.

Please be sure to visit the Facebook Service Account for further information regarding these security issues.
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http://apps[dot]facebook[dot]com/account-comfir-check/
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Note : If within 12 hours, you have not verified your account, then you have ignored our notifications. Therefore, your account is permanently suspended, and will not be reactivated for any reason.

Thanks,
Facebook Security Team

Scam Type: Phishing

Trending: June 2011

Why it’s a Scam:

Clicking on the link in the email, takes you to a very convincing Facebook page asking for your personal data and login details: 

facebook_securityteam_main

If the unsuspecting user fails to recognize this as a bogus page and enters in the required information, then the following page is displayed:

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The user will receive the error message shown above, and will likely repeat the process until they figure out they have been scammed or get frustrated and give up on the process. Sadly, it will be too late. The scammer will have obtained access to their Facebook account. They have also tricked the victim into providing their date of birth. Each layer of information acquired by scam creators make you more vulnerable to identity theft.

Never click on links inside an email to login to any website. Bookmark the authentic page(s), exit out of the suspect email, and access the site directly.  

How to Deal with the Scam:

If you entered your Facebook login credentials on the page shown above, then you need to try to reclaim your account. Check out the following article for additional steps you should take:

Four Things you need to do if your Facebook account gets hacked

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.

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