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Urgent alert for ALL Facebook users about growing hacker threat to trick you

Be careful when you go to a site claiming to be from Facebook as it is now the most ripped off brand used by hackers to scam people.

The social network was crowned the most impersonated big name, accounting for 14% of phishing sites alone.

Hackers use the Facebook brand and name most often, research shows

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Hackers use the Facebook brand and name most often, research showsCredit: Alamy

WhatsApp — owned by Facebook parent Meta — also topped the list compiled by cybersecurity firm Vade.

And Microsoft came in a close second behind Facebook.

But social media in general isn’t the worst culprit.

Unsurprisingly, financial services came out number one overall, as scammers try to trick victims into parting with their hard-earned cash.

Across industries, they accounted for 34% of shady sites, with trusted brands like PayPal and Chase being abused.

Social media as a whole came in second, accounting for nearly a quarter of phishing sites.

Experts analyzed around 185,000 fake pages from 2021 known for tricking people into revealing their personal information with increasingly convincing fake pages.

“2021 has been a series of high-profile ups and downs for Facebook, from its starring role in politically charged struggles over freedom of speech, to Facebook’s renaming as Meta, to its ongoing battle against misinformation,” Vade said.

“Cybercriminals are opportunists, and they have a strong penchant for attacking brands at a time when end users put the brand first.”

Big names like Amazon, DHL, Netflix, LinkedIn and Apple also made the top 20 list.

Experts also noticed some curious trends, like the fact that eight out of ten phishing attacks happen on weekdays.

Monday and Thursday seem to be the top days for those associated with Facebook.

While Thursday and Friday are the top days for Microsoft.

Meta owns Facebook

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Meta owns FacebookPhoto credit: AFP

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