ALERT to Gmail and Hotmail users! This FAKE email can steal your Facebook details

Gmail and Hotmail users have been warned about bogus emails allegedly from Facebook that can steal your contact details.

Here is a warning for Gmail and Hotmail users! If you use Gmail or Hotmail, you should beware of fake emails allegedly from Facebook’s support team. According to a report by express.co.uk, cybersecurity experts at Trustwave have highlighted the scam email stating that the user’s Facebook account is at risk of being deleted and asks the user to click a link. The main purpose behind all this is to get Facebook user login credentials.

According to Trustwave’s report, one of the scam messages they spotted is labeled “new message from Facebook” and the email reads: “Your page should be removed for violating our Community Standards. If we do not hear from you within 48 hours, the page in question will be automatically deleted. You can appeal this decision below by visiting your support inbox”.

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The scam email then has a Call Now button that Hotmail, Gmail, Outlook and other client users can click. However, when you click on the link, it will direct you to a fake Facebook call page. There you can discuss the problem. During the chat, you will be asked to provide your contact details such as your name, email address, mobile number, among others as part of the appeal process. You may even be prompted for two-factor authentication credentials. However, you should note that the courier chat is fake and this scene was created to trick you into believing that the courier is real.

You are advised not to provide these details to anyone as this may not only prevent you from accessing your Facebook account but if they reuse the passwords across multiple services it could lead to hackers obtaining the keys to a whole series of other services.

However, after the scam was discovered by Trustwave, the fake Facebook pages associated with the scam and the phishing website were taken down. But you need to stay alert and not fall into any other type of mail. Trustwave said “there is no reason to believe another threat actor will not use the same tactic in the future”.

Speaking about the threat, Trustwave said: “Chatbots have a huge role in digital marketing and live support, so it’s no wonder cyber attackers are now abusing this feature. People aren’t inclined to be wary of its content, especially if it comes from a seemingly authentic source.The fact that spammers are exploiting the platform they are imitating makes this campaign a perfect social engineering technique.

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