Facebook Security Network – Phishing Attack
By on August 6th, 2011

There are a dozen of scams spreading on Facebook every day. We constantly report Facebook scams, so that it helps users stay cautioned about it. Recently, a fake message that was spreading on Facebook stated – Lady Gaga was found dead in her hotel room. Well, scam messages like this are created in order to drive traffic to scammers’ websites or earn money.

Facebook is not just prone to scam messages, but also to phishing and malware attacks as well. There have been an increasing number of phishing and malware attacks recently. The latest in the series is a phishing attack that sent users a security message from fake Facebook Security Network. The message states that the user had violated the Facebook Terms of Services and requires completing a verification process.

The user is asked to click on a bogus link that leads to a fake account verification page. The message also gives a warning that Facebook account will be blocked, if the user does not verify his/her account in the next 24 hours.

Facebook Security Network - Phishing Attack

You can notice that the link provided to verify your account is a fake. It has the link - http://shortlink.tk/gh/accountconfirm which redirects again to  http://apps_facebook_account_help_center.cast.cc. Facebook does not create any short URLs when it comes to security related issues. Clicking on the link will take you to a page where you will have to go through the verification process.

During the process, you will be asked to enter your name, DOB, credit card number and your password. You will also be asked to enter your email id and password. Well, this not only hacks your Facebook account, but also your email account.

Facebook Security Network - Phishing Attack

At the end of the process, the details entered are sent to the scammers via email, and the scammer will have complete control over your accounts. It is recommended that you ignore the message and DO NOT click on any inappropriate links.  To protect against phishing scams, Facebook users should make sure that the URL they are visiting says “www.facebook.com.” If you find the URL to be different, but having a design similar to Facebook, then it is likely to be spam.

If you have accidently clicked on the link and completed the verification process, I advise you to immediately change the password of all your accounts.

There are over 750 million active users on Facebook, and its high time Facebook takes action against scammers and phishing attacks. Avoiding such scams are not an easy task, but you can always follow caution. Check out the following post on to how you can  use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on  removing apps from Facebook. We have compiled a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  that you might want to have a look at.

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Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

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  • Phyllis

    I a a victim of an email phishing scam which said that someone had accessed my Facebook from a remote city. The email provided a hyperlink to change my password. I am now stuck in a never ending saga of trying to login and being prompted to change my password. I have contacted Facebook, about 3 weeks ago and several times since. Is there any way to get out of this loop?

 
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