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Origins: In September 2011, people began receiving startling missives in
These demands should have set internal alarm bells clamoring in those who received them. Were a Facebook user deemed in violation of that entity's terms of service and in imminent risk of losing his account for having acted miserably toward others, Facebook wouldn't be looking to clear up the matter via having him enter his personal data onto forms; it would instead either be terminating his account or extracting from him a promise to henceforth use the service responsibly and according to its rules.
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Those who completed the three forms were then taken to the real Facebook.
It was all a scam, of course — the threatening missives were not from Facebook, and the frightened user was at no risk of losing his account. Internet security firm Sophos said, "The emails are entirely bogus. They are not coming from Facebook. Social media venues would not request financial information, nor would they request login details."
The purpose of the ruse is to collect credit card information and login information that those running the con can then use to carry out identity theft.
(The real) Facebook says on its security page:
Spammers and scammers sometimes send phony emails that have been made to look like they’re from Facebook or another reputable website. These emails can be very convincing, and the "From:" field can even be spoofed to include "Facebook" or "The Facebook Team."
If an email looks strange, don’t click on any of the links in it, and delete it from your inbox immediately. Be especially wary of emails that ask you to update your account, tell you to open an attachment, or warn you to take some other urgent action.
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