"Your Account Needs To Be Validated" Facebook Phishing Scams
Facebook users, do not click on links or follow instructions in email messages which claim that your Facebook accounts need to be validated, or your Facebook account have exceeded the storage limit. This is because the email messages are phishing scams being sent by cybercriminals, who are attempting to trick Facebook users into visiting phishing websites disguised as the legitimate Facebook website, where they will be asked to sign-in. But, once Facebook users attempt to sign into the phishing websites, their Facebook user names and passwords will be sent to the cybercriminals, who will use the stolen credentials to gain access to the same Facebook users’ accounts and use them fraudulently.
An Example of the "Your account needs to be validated" Phishing Scam
Sat 2/11/2017 12:15 AM
Your account needs to be validated
Dear Facebook user,
Your Facebook has exceeded the storage limit. You can not send or receive new messages until you validate Your RE-mail.
To RE-validate your Facebook CLICK HERE
Facebook users who have been tricked by the phishing email message, are asked to change their Facebook password immediately, before their Facebook accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently. And, for Facebook users whose accounts have already been hijacked, may click here for help regaining access to their accounts.
Facebook users may also add Two-Step verification or 2 Factor Authentication to improve the security of their Facebook account to keep it safe from hackers and hijackers. With Two-Step verification or 2 Factor Authentication, a hacker cannot sign into your account, even if they have stolen your username and password.
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