New Facebook Scam threatens to Delete your account in 24 hours

Facebook users are experiencing another phishing scam sent via email messages, to threaten them to delete their Facebook accounts within 24 hours, if they do not submit their account details.

The phishing email messages are accusing Facebook users for violating policy regulations, by annoying or insulting other Facebook users. The email then asks the victim to provide his Facebook login and Credit Card details to “re-confirm” the authenticity of the Facebook account.

According to Sophos security blog, the Facebook phishing scam email reads like this:

LAST WARNING : Your account is reported to have violated the policies that are considered
annoying or insulting Facebook users. Until we system will disable your account within
24 hours if you do not do the reconfirmation.
Please confirm your account below:
[Link Removed]

Thanks.
The Facebook Team
Copyright facebook © 2011 Inc. All rights reserved.

The link offered in the phishing email takes the victim to a fake page mimicking a facebook page, where the victim is asked to provide its personal information like login email address, password, security question and its answer, first 6 digits of credit card and indeed the Country name.

facebook fake warning

If once the victim completes the first form , he will then be taken to the Second fake form by scammers in order to retrieve victim’s email address and password. If the victim also submits this form, he will then lost not only his Facebook account but also his email address which may have all his financial information and account login details.

facebook login webmail

After submitting the web mail details, It then takes the victim to the third and last page where the victim is asked for “username” and first 6 digits and type of his credit card.

facebook fake form for username and credit card

If you or anyone have received any such email, please be advised that such emails are all FAKE and not actually sent by Facebook itself. The security firm Sophos also believes that social networking websites would not ask its users to provide for login detals and their credit card information. We have also heard about another similar scam where the users are sent an email warning them about their account being accessed from a new location and compromised later.

How to remain safe from Facebook scams ?
The general Facebook users need to understand that a phishing scam is indeed a scam. The best way to remain save from Facebook scams is to AVOID CLICKING ON LINKS in it and IGNORE such messages. If possible the users should also report such kind of phishing emails to their email clients.

It is also highly recommended to login your facebook account from your browser, by typing its URL i.e Facebook.com or open it via bookmark. Facebook users should also avoid unauthorized applications (apps) which collects all the users’ information and details.

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