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Bullshit Alert: Facebook Abuse Department

A recent threat that’s going around is targeting the biggest group on the internet: Facebook users. You get an email from the Facebook Abuse Department with the subject line “Spam from your account” (which is so ironic- a spam email accusing you of spamming). Please don’t open/download/sneak a peak at the attachment unless you are dumb. The contents of the message resembles that of any typical phishing attack- poor grammar.

Dear client

Spam is sent from your FaceBook account.

Your password has been changed for safety.

Information regarding your account and a new password is attached to the letter.
Read this information thoroughly and change the password to complicated one.

Please do not reply to this email, it’s automatic mail notification!

Thank you for your attention.
Your Facebook!

Since when EVER have they ever signed an email with “Your Facebook”? Oh and with an exclamation point: YOUR FACEBOOK! ASSHOLE!

Seriously though, if you’ve got an eye for grammar then you’ll be safe from 90% of phishing attacks like these. I don’t pretend to be a grammar master, but look at the 2 most obvious examples: change the password to complicated one. and it’s automatic mail notification! Shall we correct them? change the password to a complicated one. and it’s an automatic mail notification!

Then there are still some technical issues which are kind of dumb. “A new password is attached to the LETTER”. Come on, it’s an email! You can call it a message, an email or a notification but not a letter. Another immediate sign that this was fake was that I HAD JUST LOGGED IN to Facebook, my password had not been changed for safety.

Now really seriously, a lot of people are undoubtedly going to fall for this, so please just spread the word to protect those you care about. Peace!