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Phishing Scam Targets Facebook with ‘Attempts to Export Opengraph File’ Message

According to a fresh supposed to be a security warning purporting to be from Facebook, you have tried many times to export your open graph file using an illegal application. The fake email claims that these attempts were made from a location in China.

Notably, Open Graph is a protocol of Facebook which gives developers of website some control over how information moves between a webpage and Facebook at the time of sharing the page. For example, Open Graph tag can be used in the code of the webpage which enables a web developer to identify which page image will be shared when someone posts the URL of the page on Facebook.

It warns that if you did not attempt, then your Facebook account might have been compromised. The email asks you to click a link to update your settings of security.

However, the email is not from Facebook and the claim about attempts to export a file of open graph is just a scam designed to trick you to click the link. The message is a phishing scam and the criminals sending the email have used technical jargon which may be meaningless to several users in trying to look the message like a genuine warning regarding security.

If you click the link, you will be taken to a fake website designed to look like the real login page of Facebook. However, if you login on the fake page as per their request, criminals will collect your login credentials and then hijack your Facebook account.

Security experts while analyzing the scam email say that it is not the first time that cyber crooks have targeted Facebook.

Phishing emails claiming to be from Facebook were identified during May 2014. The fake email said that you have not visited Facebook for quite some time and a lot has taken place in your absence. The email stated that your emails would be deleted in coming few days and did not elaborate about why Facebook would all of a sudden deleting your messages only due to a "few days of inactivity."

Hence, you should always check everything which looks suspicious especially fake emails like these.

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