Warning over new email scams targeting Facebook, Apple users

Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson pinpoints two common email scams targeting Facebook and Apple users so you can protect your login and personal data while on your devices.

Warning over new email scams targeting Facebook, Apple users

Two new email phishing scams are on the rise for those who use Facebook or have an Apple product. Evidence confirms that scammers are trying to get a hold of your personal and private information, and I want to tell you how to stop them.

Let's talk about the Facebook user scam first. This latest phishing scam is targeting people's Facebook direct messaging inboxes.

The way the scam works is that you receive an email that warns you that you have been put in "Facebook jail," or you will receive a note from Facebook saying your account has been suspended or disabled, and if you don’t act now, your account will be permanently deleted in 24 hours.

The email will have a link embedded in it and if you click that link to save your account, it will likely look like Facebook’s homepage asking you to log in.

You will then be asked for your account login email, phone number, name, and a few other details. The page will ask you to confirm the password when you hit submit. When that’s done, scammers will have all the information they need to hack into your account.

The second similar scam going around is a phishing email claiming that your Apple ID was locked because of suspicious activity or multiple sign-in attempts.

The email will prompt you to verify your account by clicking a link. This link takes you to a QR code generation website and will ask you to scan the code, another common trick used by scammers to collect your data.

Once that code is scanned, you will automatically be taken to another website that will ask you to fill out personal information such as your home and email address, bank account numbers and phone number.

There are a few steps you can take to make sure that you never fall for one of these malicious phishing attacks.

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Have you been sent one of these phishing scams? Let us know how you handled it.

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