Facebook message asks the question ‘who posted your photo here’ and includes a link leading to a webpage that supposedly features the photo.
The message is a phishing scam designed to steal your Facebook login details.
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This message, which is delivered via Facebook’s internal messaging system and may come from the account of one of your Facebook friends, asks the question ‘who posted your photo here’. The message includes a ‘shocked’ emoticon and implies that the photo in question is one that you may not have wished to have been publicly posted.
However, the link does not open a page with your photo on it. Instead, it opens a fraudulent Facebook app page designed to steal your Facebook login details. The page looks like it is a genuine part of Facebook. But, if you ‘login’ as requested, your Facebook email address and password will be sent to online criminals, who can then hijack your Facebook account and use it for their own nefarious purposes.
Once they have gained access, the criminals can use your account to launch various spam and scam campaigns in your name. They may send the ‘who posted your photo’ message to your Facebook friends via Facebook Messages. Some of your friends, thinking that you sent the message, may click the link and relinquish control of their accounts as well. In fact, the message you originally received was likely sent from the account of a friend who has been caught by the same scam.
The text and spelling in these scam messages may vary. This phishing campaign is similar to earlier campaigns that consisted of messages that asked people to click a link to save a photo or view a movie clip. Again, the links were designed to trick people into divulging their Facebook login credentials to criminals.
Other Facebook phishing emails may purport to be from Facebook admin staff and claim that your account is about to be disabled due to terms of service violations.
Last updated: June 6, 2016
First published: June 6, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen