How much time would you say that you spend scrolling through Facebook? I remember signing up on the social media site years ago and wondering if I would ever actually use it. Now it has become a part of my daily digital routine.
With nearly 2 billion active monthly users worldwide, that's not uncommon. The growing number of Facebook users makes the site a prime target for cybercriminals. That's why we're constantly warning you about the latest scams and yes, there is a new one that you need to look out for.
What is Facebook's latest scam?
The latest scam targeting Facebook users is another phishing attack. You might see it show up as a post in your News Feed, or as an email in your inbox.
How the scam works is, the victim receives a message warning them that their Facebook account is going to be disabled. The reason is that someone has reported the account as violating Facebook's terms of service.
The message then says if you are the original owner of the account, you need to re-confirm its details to avoid it being blocked. If you do not click on the link within the message, Facebook's system will block your account and you will never be able to use it again.
Warning! Do not click on the link within the message, it's a hoax.
If you do click on the link you will be taken to a fake site that is designed to look like a Facebook login page. Once there, the victim types in their credentials and the cybercriminal steals them. Believe me, nothing good will come from that.
Below you will see an example of the hoax that I found in my News Feed:
If you see a post like this in your News Feed, it's a good idea to report it to Facebook. Here are the steps to do that:
- Click the downward pointing arrow in the top-right corner of the post.
- Click Report post or Report photo.
- Select the option that best describes the issue and follow the on-screen instructions.
It's also good to know how to spot a phishing scam, whether it shows up in your inbox or as a Facebook post. Follow these suggestions that will help:
How to defeat phishing attacks:
- Use unique passwords - Many people use the same password for multiple websites. This is a terrible mistake. If your credentials are stolen on one site and you use the same username and/or password on others, it's simple for the cybercriminal to get into each account. Click here to find out how to create hack-proof passwords.
- Be cautious with links - If you get an email or notification that you find suspicious, don't click on its links. It could be a phishing attack. It's always better to type a website's address directly into a browser than clicking on a link. Before you ever click on a link, hover over it with your mouse to see where it is going to take you. If the destination isn't what the link claims, do not click on it.
- Watch for typos - Phishing scams are infamous for having typos. If you receive an email or notification from a reputable company, it should not contain typos. Take our phishing IQ test to see if you can spot a fake email.
- Check your online accounts - The site Have I Been Pwned allows you to check if your email address has been compromised in a data breach.
- Have strong security software - Having strong protection on your family's gadgets is very important. The best defense against digital threats is strong security software.