GMAIL and Outlook users are warned about a dangerous new Facebook scam.
Cyber experts say scammers use clever trick to scam innocent users.
Facebook has billions of users, making it a common target for hackers.
Cybersecurity professionals at wave of trust have uncovered a new “spam attack”.
The attack begins with a fake email claiming that your profile or page is “scheduled for deletion.”
It is claimed that you have violated Facebook’s Community Standards.
And users are warned that the page will be deleted if they don’t reply within 48 hours.
At the bottom of the email is a link with the option to “Appeal Now”.
But this is a fake email that should not be trusted.
“This claim can resonate Facebook Users as most people have heard that the social media site takes action against users who break the rules,” cyber experts explained.
“The sender, who appears to be part of Facebook’s support team, gives the user an opportunity to appeal this termination.
“A 48-hour ultimatum was given, giving the recipient a sense of urgency.”
The link takes you to a conversation with a legitimate Messenger account that appears to be a legitimate Facebook profile.
But it is actually a chatbot created by hackers.
You will eventually be asked to log into your Facebook account to object.
And this is how the hackers claim your personal information – and can scam you online.
As always, the best advice is to always treat any email with the utmost caution.
If an email is unsolicited, be careful with links – especially if they come from an unknown sender.
Any email asking for your personal information could be a scam.
So consider navigating directly to the website you’re looking for and signing up there — rather than trusting email links.
Hackers create increasingly convincing fake emails, websites and more to scam you.
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