Facebook Message Scam Alert: The public is being warned not to click on any facebook message that contains “Is This You?” According to the BBB Better Business Bureau, They say These messages are likely to return from a person the consumer is aware of and has a very good relationship with, along with friends and family individuals.
However, the individual at the back of them is probably a cybercriminal hoping to get personal records from the consumer. The scammers use the information to commit fraud with the consumer’s information.
The BBB says the types of attacks work:
The user receives messages that look like they come from a trustworthy source. They may look like they come from a co-worker or a family member, or appear to be from users’ financial institution. The user thinks the message is legitimate because they recognize the sender.
The message urges you to type in a website address or click a link. When you do, you go to a clone of a legitimate website. In this Facebook phishing scam, you might think you’re on a Facebook login page when you’re actually on a page designed to capture what you enter.
You type in the information it asks for, and that data is stolen. There are multiple versions of many phishing attempts, and some may also prompt you to download something that infects your computer.
In most situations, your social media account is used to send the phishing attempt back out to everyone on your contact list, this time using your real name and pictures as “bait.”
Phishing attempts much of the time mimicking enormous banks, Visa organizations, major online vendors, news offices and normal wireless suppliers since it works, the BBB says. Individuals accept correspondence from an across the country bank chain or charge card organization must be secure and significant, so they’re all the more ready to trust.
Why Are Scammers Are Using Facebook Message?
At this time, many people use facebook messages to connect with their friends and love ones. When messaging friends and family members, your guard is down and are willing to reply to incoming messages through facebook messenger. The scammers are targeting more people through facebook messages.
A few messages read something like, “Hello (your name), what are you doing in this video lol! Search ur name and jump to 1:53 on record. Type in the program without any spaces at this point they give you a web address to go visit.
The Better Business Bureau states how you can protect yourself from this fraud.
Always think before you click. If your friend wouldn’t typically send you that type of message, it’s best to check with them before you follow the link or type in the web address. It may have come from their account, but they could be victims too.
Know videos shared on Facebook play when you click them. You shouldn’t have to type in additional login information, download something or navigate to an outside website.
Use common sense. Scammers like to cause alarm to create urgency. You might get a message that indicates you’re in a compromising video, your password is being reset, your account is in danger of deactivation or some other situation that needs immediate attention. If it seems unlikely, watch out.
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Facebook Scam Alert