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The Better Business Bureau came out with a recent alert to help educate consumers on how you can protect your personal information on your Facebook account. You have got to do more to protect your identity against the Facebook hacker says Linda Webb, the Fraud Dog. The fraudster who hacks into your profile is a crime, and more regulation is needed to prosecute the Facebook hacker.

 

How to Protect Your Facebook Account from Spammers?   

  • Review your security settings. Check out Facebook’s information on setting your privacy settings to be sure you aren’t sharing personal information with strangers. Look here for information on what can be found publicly in search engines.
  • Don’t accept Facebook friend requests from unknown people.
  • Report scam profiles and other suspicious activity to Facebook by following these instructions.
  • Consider enabling login notifications, so you will know when someone uses a new device to access your account.
  • When accessing Facebook from public wi-fi in places like hotels and airports, text “otp” to 32665 to receive a one-time password to your account.

 

What to do if  you Receive a Suspicious Email:  

  • Don’t click on strange links, even if they’re from friends. Notify the person who sent you the email if you see something suspicious.
  • Check the “header” field. Even though a friend’s name is in the “from” field, spam email won’t be from their email address.
  • If you click the link, be sure to run a virus scan on your computer.

 

 

New Wave of Phishing Scams Uses Facebook Info for Personalized Spam
Better Business Bureau (blog)
Check your privacy settings. Scammers are tapping into the personal data available through Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn to pose as your friends in fraudulent emails. Watch out for these personalized scam messages and take steps to prevent them.
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