F-Squared wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:45 am
There are two possible explanations for this:
1. Someone made an account under your email
If this is the case, you can simply ignore this email and it will never be verified.
Or 2. It's not a real email and it's a phishing email masked as an email from Facebook.
If you don't receive any kind of verification email, this is more likely. Definitely go back and check the address that sent the email, the encryption of it, and do not click on any links the email gives you.
More likely it's #2. Phishing scams have become more sophisticated. Many use company headers and authentic-looking email addresses to trick into clicking a malicious link.
My credit union has issued fraud alerts in the past concerning phishing emails that steal their graphics to make it look official. I got one of those emails once, asking to confirm my account number and SSN. Called the CU immediately and confirmed it was a fraud. They would never ask for such information by phone or online, especially since they already have it on file.
Hackers often spoof platforms like Facebook and Google to trick users into entering their login info. Once in, they can hijack the user's account, change the password and lock them out, basically giving them full access to the account and the user's online identity. Not to mention clicking on any
link from an unverified source could potentially install background malware on one's machine, giving bad actors access to the unsuspecting victim's hard drive and all the data contained therein without them even realizing it.
Scammers can spoof email addresses as easily as they can spoof phone numbers. Most email platforms have an option to check message properties and see the actual address of origin. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts the email TT received did not come from Facebook.