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Malwarebytes says that New Phishing Email Campaign Targets Users of Facebook

Security firm Malwarebytes says that a new phishing scam purporting to be from Facebook has been spotted which is trying to steal login credentials for the Facebook account and email account of the user.

Jovi Umawing, Researcher with Malwarebytes, discovered that the message contains a link which purports to direct to a Facebook page but actually the URL leads to a malicious page informing the victim that their Facebook account had been disabled.

The potential victim needs to provide email address with password to log into Facebook to verify the account. However, cybercriminals also requests for more information such as date of birth, email account, security question and answer and country of origin.

Scammers are getting more daring because they are directing the victim to a page asking for details of payment verification on the pretext of purchasing Facebook credits on receipt of the abovementioned details which are actually not needed to re-enable an account.

Malwarebytes says that Google has already black listed this phishing website but all web browsers can access it and hence users may still fall victim to this scam.

Malwarebytes advises to ignore posts and emails on social networks which may carry phishing links.

Security experts comment that off late this is not the first time that Facebook scam has targeted users of Facebook as they warned during last week of July 2014 about a Facebook scam promising people to facilitate hacking of anybody's account.

Security firm Kaspersky further supported their warning which lately warned users that Facebook is the most targeted social media site by cybercriminals.

Actually stats released by Kaspersky were frightening as one out of 10 all attacks are phishing hits from Facebook accounts and cyber crooks carry on to attack the No. 1 social networking website. Their finding indicates that Facebook is the most vulnerable social networking website on board and users of Facebook are most vulnerable to phishing attacks.

Moreover, this is not the first time that Facebook users are facing cyber assaults. In mid-July 2014, Facebook users were warned not to click on a link that looked like a video of a woman, as it may contained malware, said security firm Bitdefender.

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