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WARNING: Cleverest scam hits Facebook

A new Internet scam, dubbed the cleverest yet, is designed to steal Facebook users’ passwords and financial details. According to experts, the scam is among the most sophisticated yet because it mimics the security procedures that sites use to defend against Internet trolls.

social media Updated: Nov 29, 2011 15:08 IST

A new Internet scam, dubbed the cleverest yet, is designed to steal Facebook users’ passwords and financial details by accusing them of violating the social network’s policy and threatening to delete their account.

According to experts, the latest Facebook scam is among the most sophisticated yet because it mimics the security procedures that sites use to defend against Internet trolls and other bad behaviour online.

The scam comes in an email accusing the user of insulting or annoying another Facebook user and saying their account will be deleted in 24 hours, News.com.au reports.

The email requires Facebook login details and parts of a person''s credit card details for ‘authentication’ purposes.

The email links to a fake account disabled page that asks for personal details, including credit card information.

The access to login details helps the scam travel farther and faster by sending it to new users from trusted friends, the report said.