February Cyber Scam Update Now Available
This month: information on email & text scams claiming to be high street stores; and a scam targetting those who are looking at loans!
Facebook have revealed that scammers have been able to abuse its phone number and email search facility to make scam phone calls
Facebook have revealed that scammers have been able to abuse its phone number and email search facility to harvest people's data.
Until just this week, Facebook allowed people to search for their friends' profiles by typing in a phone number or email address.
But it said scammers had abused this function, and used it to link phone numbers and emails to people's names and profile information.
An attacker could type in any phone number - even one they had made up by guessing - and link it to a person's profile. Often this would reveal their name, location and other profile information.
By linking a phone number to personal details, a scammer could telephone the victim and address them by name. They could pretend to be from a bank or other organisation.
Ever wondered how a cold caller has got your details? It is believed that criminals have been harvesting Facebook profiles for years by abusing the search tool.