FACEBOOK users have been warned about another fake email making the rounds and hacking into your account.
Phishing has long been a problem, especially for a platform as popular as Facebook with billions of users around the world.
Scammers use a sneaky trick to scare people, accidentally revealing their username and password in the process.
It comes in the form of an email claiming you broke copyright rules.
Apparently from Facebook the email says you must act within 48 hours or your account will be deleted.
There’s a link to appeal – and of course, as an innocent user, you’re tempted to go through with it and say this is all wrong in order to keep your account.
Hackers use mix of fake websites and the real website to run the nasty scheme.
You eventually get to a one-time password check, which fails.
It offers you an alternative way of authentication that returns to the main page.
“These fake Facebook ‘violation’ notifications use real Facebook pages to redirect to external phishing sites,” experts warn.
“Users are advised to exercise extra caution when receiving false notifications of violations and not to be fooled by the apparent legitimacy of the original links.”
You can tell whether it is a fake by looking at the e-mail sender.
If it’s a long, strange-sounding address that doesn’t use one of Facebook’s main web addresses (like facebook.com, fb.com, or meta.com), it’s probably not real.
The same applies to the websites that ask you to log in.
If you’re not sure, it’s best to go straight to Facebook.
By this we mean closing all open windows, entering facebook.com yourself and logging in that way.
You should then see any issues encountered in your notifications.
More specifically, Facebook owner Meta doesn’t just delete people’s accounts anyway.
You will usually get some warnings.
And even if someone has done something bad, it usually results in a temporary suspension first.
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