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If you are getting an email which is from “Facebook Security” with the subject line of “Facebook Password Reset Confirmation! Customer Message.” – please delete this message as it contains a virus. First off, this has nothing to do with Facebook – the owners and company of Facebook are constantly striving to keep people aware of the latest security issues.

The full body of the email is shown below – my anti-virus system found and quarantined the virus before the payload could be activated but there may be people out there who don’t know this. Please be aware this is a Facebook Password Reset Confirmation Scam and you should not follow or engage with this email. There may also be variants of this email so be vigilant and remember Facebook will never email you in this style or asking for this information. 

Dear user of facebook,
Because of the measures taken to provide safety to  our clients, 
your password has been changed.
You can find your new password  in attached document.
Thanks,
Your Facebook.

Viruses found in the attached files.
The file  Facebook_password_Nr4397.zip: Virus found FakeAlert. 
The attachment was moved to  the Virus Vault.

Firstly Facebook will never email you with “Dear user of facebook,” – who ever the spammer was who decided to try emailing with “Dear user of facebook,” is thick. The same goes for emails from AIB, Bank of Ireland, PayPal or TSB – they will never email you with”Dear Valued Customer” … if you see this in an email delete it. Secondly the line ” Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients” – what measures?? If you want to know about Facebook security then visit Facebook’s Security section at http://www.facebook.com/security .

Be careful with this one and ensure you have an anti-virus system on your PC and that it is up to date. This virus is called FakeAlert and is a trojan which displays misleading fake alerts to entice the user into buying a product to “repair” malware problems. FakeAlert can come in other emails – not just Facebook, so always treat attachments from unknown sources with caution. There are a lot of scams out there and I’m going to put some more info on scams on the blog in the coming weeks.

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