The email message below with the subject: "Facebook password change," which appears as if it was sent by Facebook, has a link that goes to a malicious or compromised website that will download a malicious file onto your computer. The malicious file will infect your computer if you open it. The fake and malicious Facebook email message was created by cyber-criminals to trick the recipients into clicking on the link within it, by claiming that they need to change their Facebook password due to suspicious activity.
The Fake and Virus Email Message
Subject: Facebook password change
Your Facebook password was been reset on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 03:48PM (UTC) due to suspicious activity of your account.
Operating system: IOS
IP address: 188.8.131.52
Estimated location: Tahoe Valley, CA, US
To restore the password complete this form, please, your request will be considered within 24 hours.
The Facebook Security Team
Facebook, Inc., Attention: Department 425, PO Box 10005, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Note: the operating system, browser, IP address and location will vary.
If you have received a copy of the malicious email message, please do not follow the instructions in it and delete it.
This is because if you click on the link and open the malicious file from the website that you will be taken to, your computer will become infected with a Trojan horse. Once your computer has become infected with the malicious Trojan horse, the cybercriminals behind the email message will be able to access and take control of your computer remotely from anywhere around the world. They may spy on you, use your computer to commit cybercrimes, or steal your personal and financial information.
Now, if you have already clicked on the link, downloaded and open the malicious file, please do a full scan of your computer with the antivirus software installed on it.
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