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Facebook Scams and Hacks are Spreading

Facebook Scams and Hacks are Spreading

On the 25th of July, I received several messages from people telling me that their Facebook account had been hacked. I have tried to trace back where it started and how it is spreading, I have also looked at how to avoid becoming a victim of this.

Firstly, it appears that one or more person’s Facebook account was hacked, this may be due to a hacked device, insecure passwords or just bad luck. The ‘hackers’ appear to have taken advantage of the account, and sent a message to all their contacts with a small amount of content, often appearing personalised as it may start with your name. It also contains a link to what may appear to be a video or other content. Many people assume this is genuine and click on the link. It then says that you have been logged out of Facebook and asks you to enter your username and password again. Many people comply with this.

When the username and password are asked for, it is not actually from Facebook, it is from a fake website set up by the ‘hackers’ to look and behave like the Facebook login page. If you enter your details, you are actually giving them away. They then often lock up your account to stop you accessing it and send the message to all your contacts, therefore spreading the scam.

Keep safe online, don’t open links unless you are expecting them. Also, links can often look like they lead to a trustworthy website but actually do not. On a computer, hover over the link to see it’s true destination or on a mobile device, press and hold to see it. If you click a link and it asks you for any details or logins, do not enter them. Visit your known login address for that site and login through there. Treat all links as suspicious until proven otherwise.

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