Scam Emails about Suspended Facebook Account Currently Rolling
HELP NET SECURITY published news on 3rd February, 2015 stating a recent warning of security experts as 'Fake emails about suspension of Facebook account are hitting inboxes across the world."
The reason given for the alleged suspension of account is non-renewal of terms and policies document.
The email contains a link on which if they (users) click, they will be directed to a virus or Trojan horse which will infect their computers. Cyber-criminals created this message to scam the recipients into clicking on the tainted URL which will download a computer virus into their computers.
If the recipient clicks on the link in the fake email message, he/she will be taken to the website http://goo.gl/S3ieb2 which will go to the compromised website: http://assetdigitalmarketing.com/TermsPolicies.pdf.exe.
Researchers explained in detail that the file TermsPolicies.pdf.exe will infect the computers of the potential victims with a virus, computer Trojan or some other tainted software or malware when they try to open it.
Once the victim's computers become maligned with this Trojan horse, cyber thugs behind this email can access and gain control of their computers from a remote location from anywhere internationally. They may perhaps spy on victims and use their systems to carry out cyber frauds by stealing their financial and personal information.
Cybercriminals often rely on this scheme as a trick because there is a high chance of recipient having Facebook account and would be interested in the modification added to the platform of social network.
The scam has an increased rate of success on Windows systems where file extensions are not visible as it would look like legitimate PDF (Portable Document File).
The file is presently identified by almost nearly half of AV solutions used by VirusTotal and seems to be a generic Trojan downloader.
Security experts say that the sender's address of the malicious message is not specified but the fake communication is signed by "The Facebook Team". A good way of spotting a scam is to verify the sender information is in tune with the type of the message.
However, if you have already been tricked and downloaded and installed the tainted file, then please scan your computer fully with the AV security software installed in it.