Twitter and Facebook are two of the most popular social media platforms, with billions of users around the globe. This makes them a prime target for phishing scammers, as we have covered in our previous articles, here and here. Recently, netizens have reported a wave of new phishing attempts.
Twitter Phishing Scams
Users have reported that their verified (blue-tick) Twitter accounts are being hacked and taken over by scammers. The scammers then use this authoritative identity to DM other users with phishing messages such as that below.
Posing as a Twitter support worker, the scammers inform the would-be victim that “your account has been flagged as inauthentic”. You will then have to verify it via a link. The link however, is a classic phishing link that will take you to fake phishing pages designed to steal your personal information. Interestingly, this phishing scheme appears to be quite advanced as the fake page will only accept the correct password from the victim.
If you receive any messages such as the above, think twice before following their instructions!
Facebook Phishing Scams
In the case of Facebook, malicious chatbots are sending would-be victims phishing messages with the announcement that “Your page has been scheduled for permanent deletion for not following the Facebook Community Standards…”. Supposedly, you can “appeal” the decision by clicking the button.
Needless to say, you should NOT do as told. Clicking the appeal button will take you to a fake phishing page where you’ll need to log in and authenticate your account with 2FA. Notice the weird, excessively long URL below (official websites like Facebook and Twitter never have URLs like this).
As before, think twice before following instructions like the above. If in doubt, contact the company directly from your account.
Think you might have clicked on a phishing link? Here’s what to do:
- Change your Facebook / Twitter password immediately.
- Enable 2-factor authentication (2FA) for better security. Here’s how to set up 2FA on Facebook:
- Go to Security and Login Settings.
- Find Use two-factor authentication and click Edit.
- Select the security method you want to add and follow the instructions.
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Given you’ll be required to enter personal information on these kinds of platforms, ID Security will also ensure you’re never the victim of a data breach.
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