Facebook users who have received fake or phishing messages like the one below, claiming that suspicious activities were detected on their Facebook accounts, are asked to delete the same messages or report them to Facebook, and should never follow the instructions in them. The phishing messages were sent by cybercriminals to frighten and trick the recipients into clicking on a link within them, where they will be taken to a fake Facebook website and ask to sign-in. And, any attempts to sign into the fake Facebook website will result in the visitors’ Facebook usernames and passwords being sent to the cybercriminals responsible for the scam. The cybercriminals will then use the stolen credentials to hijack their victims’ Facebook accounts and use them fraudulently.
The Phishing Facebook Message
MaryAnne Miirish Huffman
Our system has detected suspicious activity on your account.
The possibility that your account has been compromised as a result of entering your password on a website designed to look like Facebook.
To confirm silkan visit:
Over the next few steps we will guide you through the security checks to help secure your account and let you log back in.
Note: If within 24 hours you have not verified your account on our link. then you have ignored our notice and your account will be closed permanently.
[[Facebook]] © 2016
So far, the link in the phishing Facebook message goes to the following fraudulent website:
The online users should avoid visiting the website and should not attempt to sign into it with their Facebook user names and passwords.
Facebook users who were tricked into following the instructions in the phishing messages are asked to change their Facebook passwords immediately.