When was the last time you encountered a scam? Was it on Facebook? Your positive answer won’t make it very surprising. Facebook has often being the most favorite site of gauging your curiosity by displaying scam messages. Recently, Facebook has once again captured the scammer’s attention.
What if someday you come across a message on your e-mail saying “Facebook sent you a notification” and that “You have 1 lost message on Facebook, to recover a message follow the link below:”. Your instincts might get at the best of their curiosity and, as a spontaneous reflex, you might click on the notification. But beware! Do you know that by doing so, you are just falling prey to a scam?
And if you answer to the FAQ: "Can you receive messages if your inbox is full?” followed by a “Frequently Asked Questions” button, then the tragedy is even more. Unknowingly, you may just leak all your personal information to the wicked scammer, who might probably be waiting for this single move of yours. But the fault is not all yours. You could have never predicted this, because the link appeared to be as realistic as any other Facebook e-mail.
Your single click on the mouse will lead you to some site that might ask you to purchase some questionable and obligatory products. And here lies the scammer’s interest. Once you become the victim, the scammers might even modify the direction of operation. This depends on the type of operating system you are using and your location. Nothing can beat the worst impact of scam if you get duped in phishing. Phishing would mean an invariable disclosure of your private information – your Facebook username and password. In such a case, you will be left with just a fake login screen.
Scamming is one of the worst online perversions that are designed to gain more and more traffic to any particular site, thereby earning money. Such drives are also conducted to spread malware and for knowing one’s personal information.
If you are among the aware individuals, make sure you mark such e-mail messages as junk e-mails. The smartest initiative would be contacting the Facebook Security to spread awareness. This would rather do well to those innumerable users who might get easily cheated. On the other hand, the suggestion for the innocent users would be not to entertain any such link that may trigger the slightest of doubts.