Fake Facebook Site Steals Credit Card Info
Social networking sites should not need your credit card information since they are free to use. Facebook has put a slight glitch in that system with their autofill option, allowing users to upload credit card info to fill in automatically when they shop on their phones.
One scam site is taking advantage of this and using it as a platform to steal credit card information. How? Through a look-alike site.
According to those who have seen the app, the login page looks identical to the mobile login page for Facebook. Once a user gets into his account, he is asked to answer a security question to verify identity. This all seems legitimate until the program asks for a credit card number to put on file. This should be a huge warning sign.
Those who fall for the app’s requests are likely to have their identities stolen. Thus, you must be careful about anything you do on your phone through Facebook. Here are some signs that the site you are working with is not the real deal:
- The URL is not the one used for the mobile Facebook page, which is m.facebook.com/logi
- It does not have an SSL “lock” icon next to the URL
- It does not tell you to download the Facebook app to your phone
- It does not offer a place to create a new account
If you try to use Facebook on your phone and notice these issues, exit out of the program and try again. Chances are you were redirected to the fraudulent website.
About Bill Hardekopf
Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of LowCards.com and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.