Facebook Email Scam

Facebook is huge. Email is even more huge. Online, any place where there are a lot of people is a ripe target for scammers.

The latest to hit many email inboxes is the Facebook email scam. At first glance, it looks very official. The sender’s address looks like it could have come from Facebook…

“The Facebook Team” confirmation@facebook.com

The subject line is compelling…

Facebook Password Reset Confirmation! Please Attention!

The footer looks official with the correct Facebook address…

This message was intended for info@yourdomain.com.
Facebook’s offices are located at 1601 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304.

The email usually says…

Dear Facebook user,

In an effort to make your online experience safer and more enjoyable, Facebook will be implementing a new login system that will affect all Facebook users. These changes will offer new features and increased account security.

Before you are able to use the new login system, you will be required to update your account.

Click here to update your account online now.

If you have any questions, reference our New User Guide.

Thanks,

The Facebook Team

There is a “click here” button to change your password and/or a file attachment … And that is where they get you.

Here is how to defend yourself from this latest email scam.

1) Never open any attached files. These emails often come with an attachment that contains the computer virus.

2) Never click on the “click here” button. That sets off the script that takes you to a page that looks like a real Facebook page.

3) Never hit the “unsubscribe” link. That helps the spammers verify that they have hit a real email.

The bottom line is that you cannot prevent email spam. This is in spite of all the fancy email spam filters created by the email providers. The fact is spammers are smarter than any computer algorithm designed to catch them. The email spammers are also relentless.

The best that you can hope to do is to not get your email onto a spammer’s list in the first place.

This leads me to my last tip:

>> Never put your email on your website.

Spammers use programs to harvest emails from websites.

Instead, use an email address like info[ AT ] yourdomain.com.

This method is not fail-safe, but it can fool the majority of the email harvesting robots out there.

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