Facebook users are tricked into handing over personal and financial information
The scam messages which inform recipients that their Facebook accounts have been suspended because they’ve insulted other users have been around since 2011. The phishing scheme is still doing the rounds, and every once in a while it gets updated by the cybercriminals who run it.Until recently, the last update was from January 2013. The latest version, spotted by Hoax Slayer, reads something like this:
“Your account is reported to have violated the policies that are considered annoying or insulting Facebook users. The system will disable your account within 12 hours if you do not do the reconfirmation. Please confirm your facebook account on the following link: [[security]] =>Link.”
Older versions mainly targeted Facebook and email credentials. However, the latest variant of the phishing scheme is designed to trick users into handing over not only Facebook and email credentials, but also payment information, including credit card number, expiration date, and CVV.
If you come across such messages, whether it’s via private messages or email, make sure to ignore them.