Phishing scams are responsible for billions of dollars in losses every year. Luckily, they've been mostly contained to email messages that can be easy to avoid. Now, ambitious scammers are attacking users in another inbox.I'm talking about Facebook. Security experts have spotted messages on Facebook that are trying to trick you into giving up your private information.
You'll receive a private message from someone you don't know, claiming to represent Facebook. Here's what the message said when I saw it:"WARNING: Your account is reported to have violated the policies that are considered annoying and or insulting Facebook users.system will disable your account within 24 hours if you do not do the reconfirmation."(Here, the message will contain a short link that looks like an official Facebook link)
The Facebook Security Team
Inc: Departemen 415 PO Box 10005 Palo Alto CA 94303"
Not only is the message rife with spelling and grammar errors, it lists the wrong address. When Facebook took off, it moved from Palo Alto, CA, to Menlo Park, CA. The scammer is hoping to scare you so much that you miss these details.What happens if you do click the link? It loads a 5-page "security check" that not only asks for your Facebook information, but your credit card number, too.Once the scammer has these, it sends the message out to your entire friends list. Who knows what sort of shady things it will try to do with your financial information?Now that you know what it looks like, this scam is easy to avoid. However, if it works for the scammers, expect more annoying Facebook messages to hit your inbox. That's not only annoying, but incredibly dangerous.To stop it, click the gear icon in the top-right corner of your Facebook profile. Choose Privacy Settings and then select the Privacy menu.In the "Who can look me up?" section, choose "Friends" for "Who can look you up using the email address or phone number you provided?" Also, choose "Friends" for "Who can look up your timeline by name?"For "Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline," choose "Off." These three will make it harder to find you on Facebook. Scammers won't be able to fill your inbox as easily.