Beware of Facebook email scams

A friend recently forwarded us the email below because they thought it was a scam. They were right. This email is a great example of three easy ways to detect a scam.

  • Spelling and bad grammar. Cybercriminals are not known for their impeccable grammar and spelling. A professional company like Facebook usually has a staff of copy editors that wouldn’t have allowed a mass email like this to go out to its users. If you notice mistakes in an email, it might be a scam. For more information, see Email and web scams: How to help protect yourself.
  • Beware of links in email. We noticed that the web address we saw as we hovered our mouse over the link in this email was different from the one that was typed in the email. The web address that showed up as we hovered would have led us to an .exe file. These kinds of file are known to spread malicious software. For more information, see How to recognize phishing emails and links.
  • Threats. Have you ever received a threat that your Hotmail account would be closed if you didn’t respond to an email? The email above is an example of the same trick. Our search through the Facebook help files didn’t turn up anything about the “Copyright Law form” mentioned in this email. For more information, see Get help with phishing scams, lottery fraud, and other types of scams.



About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    Thank you, useful article

  2. Anonymous

    Also "Hello" or Dear customer" instead of your name is a good sign of a scam.

  3. Anonymous

    the use of the phrase in the email message 'an issue on…' generally should be coming out of india. here people from all walks of life use the word 'issue' frequently…"how many issues do you have?" means how many children. "what is the issue with your neighbor" means what is happening with the people around your house…and so on.

  4. Anonymous

    Thank you – I had no idea you could hover over a link in an e-mail so that it would show you something else than what was typed there. I believed it would lead me where it said. I had no idea that an .exe file could be hidden there.

    This was the most useful article I've read!

  5. Anonymous

    I found this information extremely helpful. It confirmed what I had already suspected were clues for a scam. I am glad you made this information so easily accessed and understand.

  6. Anonymous

    I had a e-mail in my daughters name and i opened it and now i have no idea what has happen other this says ask for genuine microsoft software it seems this is a virus or something and it said it is from here

  7. Anonymous

    This is bad ,this is a virus and this is wrong

  8. Anonymous

    Do not publish 'For Sale" & etc. items on Craigs list. There are more scams on that site than any other one I know of. To Bad. Wish Craigs List could somehow block these kind of outside communications to potential sellers. Be very leary, watch English usage, spelling in sentences, or they act interested in your item for sale, but do not mention "what" that item is. Asking for personal info. Let them know you are on to them and then Block them from your email

  9. Anonymous

    Unable to resolve unauthorized logins for my email .  The password has been bypassed

  10. Anonymous

    how do i get this off my pc I believe  this a virus

  11. Anonymous

    i can't do anything i have no credit card to get this and i don't know what to do I believe this is a virus

  12. Anonymous

    How do I forward a fraud e-mail to you.

  13. Anonymous

    How do I get this thing off my computer it seems to be a virus and this is wrong

  14. Anonymous

    I have done everything that I can do to get this off my pc is there anyone that can help me with this

  15. Anonymous


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