How The Scam Works:
Facebook is becoming more and more popular everyday, in parallel with other social media network champs like Instagram and Snapchat. However, the popularity of Mark Zuckerberg’s platform is bringing along many criminals who take advantage of people’s lack of diligence.
The latest scam is extremely sneaky, as it’s very believable amongst the users. Hopefully you are not one of them. How does the scam work?
Watch How The Facebook Notification Scam Works:
You may receive an email informing that you have pending messages in your Facebook inbox, just like the images in this article, above and below.
The name of the sender and the verbiage used within the text could be different, but watch out for the ones used right now: Gerard Carter Advisor, using the email address: email@example.com.
The subject title in this case is: “You now have all the data transferred”. The email address, name, or subject title could be different, such as “Unread Messages Will Be Deleted”.
When you click the ‘View Notifications’ button, you are taken to a Russian website selling Viagra and Cialis.
What’s more important, the text is geo-tagged according to your country, so the top corner would feature a logo in four variations, depending on your location: United States Health & Care Mall, Canadian Health & Care Mall’, ‘United Kingdom Health & Care Mall, or Australian Health & Care Mall. There is no more Facebook!
Even worst, the domain shown is: http://joystiqdeals.ru/. Needless to say, the domain name is changed every time the old one is reported online.
Once you give your credit card number, you can say good bye to a hefty sum.
How To Avoid The Facebook Notification Scam:
Delete the email instantly, you don’t want your identity and credit card stolen by the Russians.
How To Report The Facebook Notification Scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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