Facebook Launches Phish@fb.com Email Address To Report Phishing

By David Cohen 

Facebook made it easier for its users to report phishing attempts by launching email address phish@fb.com.

The social network also suggested that users forward suspicious emails to the Anti-Phishing Working Group at reportphishing@antiphishing.org, the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov, and the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

In a note on the Facebook Security page announcing the launch of phish@fb.com, the social network offered some tips from the APWG on how to recognize potential phishing emails:

  • Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for login or financial information, and remember, unless the email is digitally signed, you can’t be sure it wasn’t forged or “spoofed.”
  • Don’t use the links in an email, instant message, or chat to get to any Web page if you suspect that the message might not be authentic or you don’t trust the sender. Instead, navigate to the website directly.

And Facebook offered more details on the new email address:

This new reporting channel will compliment internal systems we have in place to detect phishing sites attempting to steal Facebook user login information. The internal systems notify our team, so we can gather information on the attack, take the phishing sites offline, and notify users. Affected users will be prompted to change their password and provided education to better protect themselves in the future.

While rare, we hope that you forward us any phishing attempts you encounter. Together we can help keep these sites off the Web and hold the bad guys responsible. As a reminder, you can visit www.facebook.com/hacked if you think your account may be compromised.

Readers: Do you think the phish@fb.com email address will help simplify the reporting process?

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