Facebook Phishing Scam - Your Account is Temporarily Locked
Nov 9, 2014
The email message below: "Your account is temporarily locked," is a Facebook phishing scam and was not sent by Facebook. The scam was designed to steal your Facebook user name and password, so the cyber-criminals behind it can hijack your account and use it for malicious purposes.
Please continue reading below.
The Facebook Phishing Scam
Subject: Your account is temporarily locked
Your account is temporarily locked
We’re working hard to make sure that everyone on Facebook uses their real identity.
In order to regain access to your account, click here and complete the security check.
Facebook, Inc, Attention: Department 415, PO Box 10005, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Clicking on the link(DO NOT) in the malicious email message, will take you to a fake and malicious Facebook website. The fake Facebook website will ask you to log into your Facebook account in order to confirm. But, this is no confirmation and any information (email, phone, password) entered on the page, will be sent to the cyber-criminals.
Once these cyber-criminals have your Facebook user name and password, they will use it to hijack your account and use it to send the same or other scams to your Facebook friends.
Remember, never click on a link to sign into your Facebook account. Always go directly to www.facebook.com in your web browser and sign into your account. If there is anything wrong with your account, you will be notified.
If you were tricked by the malicious email or think you were, please follow the instructions below:
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