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Beware Of Scammers! Facebook Users Need To Know About This Scam To Protect Themselves

Date October 3, 2018 09:58

Facebook is a place where most Internet users like to spend their free time. There we communicate with family, relatives, friends, read the news and rest after a hard working day. But, when your personal information falls into the hands of fraudsters, serious problems can arise.

On September 28, Mark Zuckerberg reported that more than 50,000,000 Facebook accounts had been hacked. All those who were considered the victims of the cyber attack were asked to re-enter their passwords. The Facebook security department reassured that all problems have been fixed and the fact that your page has been hacked doesn't necessarily mean that the hacker has gained access to your private information.

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This time Facebook indeed asked users to re-enter their passwords. But scammers can also do that. Therefore, you need to be cautious about who sends you messages and in what way. These messages may seem credible and appear on sites that you frequently visit.

A common fraud example

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You receive a notification via email - allegedly on behalf of Facebook. Fraudsters send a letter that contains a link to a page where you are asked to enter your username and password for your own safety.

These notifications can look exactly like those that Facebook sends you!

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Subsequently, your information will be acquired by the hackers. They can send a link with a virus to your friends or even make a request for help with bank details. Basically, it's up to the scammers' imagination what to do with your credentials.

Facebook has posted rules to help protect you from scammers.

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  • do not send money to people you personally don't know;
  • do not make an advance payment for a loan, a prize or other winnings;
  • beware of people who want to move the conversation outside of Facebook (for example, a separate email);
  • be careful, fraudsters can pretend to be your friend or relative in trouble;
  • ignore official messages with mistakes;
  • disable any unnecessary apps or games on social networking platforms. Do not pass any tests that request access to your account;
  • enable multi-factor authentication;
  • be sure to check the URL of the site before entering your login information;
  • look for poor grammar and spelling mistakes - a sign of scammers.

Be sure to share these rules with your friends. We will not give scammers a single chance to steal our personal information!

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