Warning on new email scam targeting Facebook, Apple users
Two new email phishing scams are on the rise for people who use Facebook or own Apple products. There is evidence that scammers are trying to get your personal and private information, and I want to tell you how to stop them.
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What are these two email scams?
Let’s talk about Facebook user scams first. This latest phishing scam targets people’s Facebook direct message inboxes.
How Facebook User Scams Work
The way the scam works is that you get an email warning that you’ve been put in a “Facebook Jail” or you get a notification from Facebook that your account has been suspended or disabled and if you don’t now Take action and your account will be permanently deleted within 24 hours.
The email will embed a link that may look like Facebook’s homepage asking you to log in if you click the link to save your account.
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You will then be asked for your account login email, phone number, name and some other details. When you click submit, the page will ask you to confirm your password. Once done, the scammer will have all the information they need to hack into your account.
How the Apple ID Scam Works
A second similar scam is a phishing email claiming that your Apple ID has been locked due to suspicious activity or multiple login attempts.
The email will prompt you to verify your account by clicking a link. This link will take you to a QR code generating website and ask you to scan the code, another common trick scammers use to harvest your data.
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Once the code is scanned, you will automatically be taken to another website that will ask you to fill in personal information such as your home and email address, bank account number and phone number.
How can I avoid this from happening to me?
There are steps you can take to make sure you never fall for any of these malicious phishing attacks.
- Never click on links in emails: If you receive an email asking you to click a suspicious link or enter any login information, don’t be fooled. You should only be logged into your Facebook and Apple accounts if you visit these sites on a browser.
- use an email program like start mail It offers several additional layers of privacy protection that can help catch incoming phishing links. To read my expert reviews, go to CyberGuy.com and search for “mail” Click the magnifying glass at the top of my site.
- Always install backup protection, e.g. TotalAV Antivirus As a precaution against scammers. Check out my expert reviews of the best antivirus protection for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices by searchingBest Antivirus” On CyberGuy.com click on the magnifying glass icon at the top of my website.
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Have you received one of these phishing scams? Let us know how you handle it.
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