BBB: Scammers Faking Facebook Account Cancellation Notices

May 23, 2012 Updated May 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM EDT

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BBB: Scammers Faking Facebook Account Cancellation Notices

May 23, 2012 Updated May 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM EDT

(BBB News Center) The BBB News Center is issuing a warning for Facebook users.

A clever scam in the form of a fake Facebook account cancellation email is making the rounds, and it's easy to get fooled. Don't let the threat of losing your account trick you into installing malware on your computer.

How the Scam Works:

The scam starts with a suspicious email informing Facebook users that they have a received an "account cancellation request," reports computer security blog Naked Security. Recipients are urged to follow a link to cancel the request.

Here's the clever part. The link appears to be official because it goes to a facebook.com address. Really, it links to a third-party application just running on the Facebook platform.

If you do click on the link, a message asks you to allow an unknown application to run on your computer. Click the "run" button, and you will see a message telling you to download the new version of Adobe Flash. The file that downloads is not the latest version of Flash, but code allowing hackers to spy on your activities and take control of your computer.

Read the story from the BBB News Center HERE.