Phishing Threat Alive In Facebook

May 18th, 2009 at 12:00 am
 


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Popularity and trends seem to be the most potent means for phishing threats to spread and victimize people. Riding on a popularity of a certain website seems to be the easiest means for phishers to try and get hold of new unknowing victims. And the threat has reached even inside the pages of Facebook.

Facebook users have recently experienced a rash of phishing threats from scammers who aim to steal account passwords and take over Facebook accounts to send out spam messages and emails. There are also other phishing scams on the popular social networking website that aim to lure Facebook users and their friends to a malicious website and possibly steal some important personal information from them.

The malicious websites display a fake but convincing Facebook page and prompt users to enter their log in information. Such threats have been increasingly occurring since the April. The popular networking site has acknowledged the threats and is in the process of trying to block these malicious websites from doing further harm and damage to other Facebook users.

Facebook users are currently being warned of such threats and are urged to practice undue caution when they see something suspicious when opening their accounts. Before entering their log in information, users are advised to make sure that they are really on a legitimate Facebook log in page. Some may look exactly like that of Facebook’s but actually turn out to be fakes. Being cautious can be as easy as trying to check out the URL of the page before entering any personal information. Web links posted even by friends should also be taken with caution since they might also originate from the spammers themselves.