FACEBOOK users have been warned that scammers are posing as friends to try to hack into accounts.
Seemingly harmless messages could actually come from compromised accounts and contain links sent by hackers to take control of your account, cybersecurity experts have warned.
Hackers send various Facebook messages to gain access to someone else’s account.
Social media users should exercise caution when interacting with individuals on the platform.
Receiving messages like, “I can’t log into my Facebook. Can you help me get a code so I can log in?” is a concern.
The goal of sending these messages is so hackers can ask you to click a link or send them a code so they can gain access to the account to ban you, according to the Mineral Daily News-Tribune.
Once they gain access to your account, they will message your friends to try and perform the same trick on them.
If you receive these messages from a Facebook friend and you are suspicious, give them a call to see if their message is legitimate.
Once hackers gain access to your account, they can also post on your page to attract more victims.
These could encourage your followers to click on a suspicious link or send money to the scammers.
Hacked accounts can start posting things that they have for sale. This is another scam to take money from you.
To avoid falling for this scheme, there are a variety of ways to keep your account safe and secure.
Social media users should also be skeptical about rental offers they see on Facebook Marketplace. If the price seems too good, it probably is.
You should also make sure that your password is secure.
First and foremost, make sure your passwords are not easily guessable and do not contain any personal information.
Make sure you also set up two-factor authentication so you’re notified of suspicious attempts to log into your account.
Another tip is to avoid using your Facebook login on a device you don’t normally use and log out when you’re done.
Facebook allows you to choose trusted contacts to help you recover your account if it’s compromised.
It is also recommended to choose strong passwords for these accounts and change them frequently.
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