Major Facebook identity theft campaign is active according to experts. With that being said, it simply means that tons of fake profiles on Facebook could be trying to steal your data on the social media platform.
Facebook Identity Theft Campaign
Experts have now warned of an ongoing cybercriminal campaign that is currently leveraging tons of fake Facebook accounts as well as phishing pages all in an attempt to get login data to financial service platform accounts that are belonging to celebrities, public figures, sports teams, and businesses.
Cybersecurity researchers from Group-IB’s Digital Risk Protection (DRP) team have claimed to have now identified over 3,200 fake accounts on Facebook, some of which are impersonating Facebook as well as its parent company, Meta.
The attackers through these accounts in question would target legit users of the platform and then try to get them to visit fraudulent Facebook login pages.
The Attackers Are Targeting the English Speaking Community
And when on these fake login pages, they would get them to enter their login credentials and then effectively grant them access to their accounts. The premise here is that many people utilize the same username/password combination across a shot of accounts and that their login details on Facebook might get to work on other more serious platforms such as financial services.
And while the campaign is very much active in over 20 languages, Group-IB experts are now stating that the majority of the profiles that are impersonating Meta are speaking English.
What the Researchers Have To Say About Their Find
“The scammers impersonate Meta, Facebook’s parent company, in their public posts and on any of their more than 220 phishing sites,” Sharef Hlal and Karam Chatra, Group-IB researchers reportedly wrote.
“They appropriate Meta and Facebook’s official logos on their social media profiles and phishing web pages to make them appear legitimate and trustworthy in the eyes of users. These fake profiles have nothing to do with Facebook, and they are frequently taken down quickly by the social network.”
How to Spot a Fake Profile or Login Page
Phishing as you should know, most especially when paired with identity theft is a significant threat to the online security of consumers and businesses alike. It’s most important IT teams get to educate their employees on how to spot fake accounts as well as fake login pages. The simplest and easiest way to spot a phishing page is in the address bar. If the address bar does not denote facebook.com, then it’s mostly a scam.
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