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Facebook: This New Scam Steals Your Friends And Takes Your Identity

Facebook: This New Scam Steals Your Friends And Takes Your Identity

A new chain unleashes Facebook. It starts from a message that we see full that alerts us to a new hacking. It asks the user to share the said message to prevent all his contacts. In reality, a malicious person retrieves the list of your friends and clones your profile. He then usurps your identity. The trick is played but it is possible to avoid it, as demonstrated by our colleagues at Phonandroid.com

You've probably already received invitation requests from a friend you already had in your circle of Facebook friends. The profile picture is the same as the name. The new scam takes up this principle but develops it further.

Facebook privacy issues
The height of this new hacking is that it informs about a new piracy in progress! Like many other channels, the message prompts the user to share it. The unsuspecting user then transfers it to all his friends, to warn them too of the threat. Like almost all channels, the message is not based on anything concrete. It actually has another purpose than the one displayed: steal your friends list, and redirect them to a cloned account from yours. No need to attack your password, it's a copy-and-paste clone of your identity.

After the spring scandal on account protection and personal data, Facebook is facing hacking that is likely to have already reached 40 million account. Facebook is conducting an internal investigation to find out the number of accounts impacted and close the gap opened during this piracy. Unlike the spring data manipulation scandal, this time, the blunder was worth a devaluation of Facebook's action. Both investors and users seem to be losing confidence in the social network platform. Financial measures are also accumulating between the US Treasury and the European Parliament, Mark Zuckenberg gets his hands on the wallet.

The beginning of spread of this new scam
For now, this new scam only affects the English-speaking members of the social network. Given the friends connected to the four corners of the world, the French accounts will be quickly impacted by the English version of the message. But that's not all, this type of attack is often accompanied by a cohort of declensions in all languages. The US blog Lifehacker reports, "I saw this new scam for the first time last week. An acquaintance of the university posted something about a message she received. We learn that a friend has received a request to add from her, from a false account, what the friend in question ignored, before advising to "control your account." The message also recommends forwarding the message to everyone you know and giving instructions. "

In one of these messages, taken by Lifehacker, one can read: "Hi ... I still had a request to add as a friend from you yesterday ... that I ignored because you should control your account. Remain pressed on this message until the button "forward" appears ... then press forward and all the people you want to forward ... I had to do it one by one. Good luck ! ". Of course, like all the message channels on Facebook, it is important not to transfer this message. This scam has only two goals: steal your friends list, and send them to a fake account identical to yours.

A profile search is enough to realize it. Those who receive this channel find one or more profiles copied from theirs in the list of results. It is advisable to report these fake profiles so that Facebook can delete them. If you too have already been hacked, tell it in comment.