Tuesday, November 29, 2011

BEWARE: Facebook Scam threatening to delete your account!

Sending a fraud request

A Facebook scam, dubbed the cleverest yet, gets users to provide their passwords and financial details by accusing them of violating the site's policy and threatens to delete their account.

Experts said the recent assault designed to steal users' Facebook details is among the most sophisticated yet because it mimics the security procedures that sites use to defend against internet trolls and other bad behaviour online.

The scam comes in an email accusing the user of insulting or annoying another Facebook user and saying their account will be deleted in 24 hours.

The email requires Facebook login details and, for "authentication" purposed, parts of a person's credit card details. The email links to a fake account disabled page that asks for personal details, including credit card information.

The access to login details helps the scam travel farther and faster by sending it to new users from trusted friends.

Expert Advice:

The emails are entirely bogus. They are not coming from Facebook. Social media venues would not request financial information, nor would they request login details. With the credit card information, fraudsters can conduct identity theft and other malicious financial activity.

Website Hoax-Slayer discovered the scam and warned against emails with the phrase: "Last warning: Your account is considered to violated the policies that are considered annoying or insulting to Facebook users."

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