2. Warning, your account is going to be disabled
One scam that you might see posted on your News Feed, or as an email in your inbox, is actually a phishing attack.
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 having it 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.
Here is an example of the hoax. I found this on my News Feed not long ago:
3. Facebook's video scam
Facebook users are receiving messages that appear to be from one of their friends. In the message, the "friend" says that there is a video of you on YouTube that has gotten a huge number of views. They also provide you with a link that you can click on to watch the video.
Warning! This message is an elaborate phishing scam.
In fact, there really isn't a video at all. The link is malicious and if you click on it, you will end up on a fake website.
The fraudulent site actually looks like a Facebook login page and claims that you must re-enter your credentials to view the video. That's how the scammers get you.
If you give scammers your username and password, they can take over your account and use it for malicious activity. People on your list of friends will start receiving these types of scams from YOU.
The fraudsters could end up turning this scam into a more serious threat as well. Instead of just stealing your credentials, they could turn the malicious video link into any number of attacks, for example, ransomware.
Being able to spot a phishing scam will help you avoid becoming a victim of one. Here are some suggestions that will help:
- Be cautious with links - If you get an email or notification from a site that you find suspicious, don't click on its links. It's better to type the 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.
- Do an online search - If you get a notification that seems shady, you should do an online search on the topic. If it's a scam, there are probably people online complaining about it and you can find more information.
- 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.