Facebook is the world’s largest social networking website. With over 2.3 billion users and growing every second, the website is used by people all over the world with India topping the list as most Facebook users in the world, 300 million users precisely.
About 50% of teens use Facebook and about 70% use Facebook daily. According to Statista, 95% of Facebook users access it on mobile and about 40% of users get the news from Facebook making it one-stop source for news too alongside connecting with friends and family.
With such high numbers, hackers take part in spree too. They try to exploit accounts, hack and then blackmail the account holders. One of the easiest, yet more conventional way of hacking an account is through a phishing attempt.
A perfect example of Facebook Phishing Scam:
Many people receive similar messages in their inbox. It seems a proper message from the company asking you to do nothing but panic, immediately open the link and provide your important information such as your name, phone number and house address and Facebook account password. The information goes to an email and is used to login to your Facebook account and the password is changed as the very first step.
Scammers then send you an email asking you for ransom money to give back your account. In some cases, the purpose is to take important information from accounts such as pictures, videos and the list goes on and on.
In the heat of the moment, when panic triggers an action over calm and rational thinking, people end up clicking the phishing link without looking at the URL and its authenticity. In the process, they end up ending up providing their important information and losing access to their Facebook account.
Next time, when you receive a similar Facebook message, don’t pay heed to it immediately. Take a look at the URL (website address) and if it shows anything suspicious and doesn’t come directly from Facebook directly, it is a SPAM, do not fall prey to it.
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