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    What do you guys make of this weird facebook email?

    Not sure if I posted this in the right spot.

    A couple of days ago I received an email from my old Facebook account which I deactivated about a year ago, to my old email account and the subject was "Getting back into Facebook", which if you don't know is the email facebook sends out if you enter the wrong password.

    At first I thought it was a scam, but I think the email really did come from facebook because it had my real name in the email, e.g "Hi, <my name>". I don't think a random fishing email could obtain my name.

    So, what do you think happened?

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    Re: What do you guys make of this weird facebook email?

    Scam.
    I would ignore it.

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    Re: What do you guys make of this weird facebook email?

    Quote Originally Posted by fyfe54 View Post
    Scam.
    I would ignore it.
    Then how did the scammer obtain my real name to insert into the email?

    I honestly think someone tried to log in to my old account.

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    Re: What do you guys make of this weird facebook email?

    Just look at the source code of the email and look at the links to see who sent it and where any reply would be sent, In Gmail you click the arrow on the top right of the mail and select "Show Original". All email clients will have a similar function.

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    Re: What do you guys make of this weird facebook email?

    Its a scam. I get 20 of those a day, i dump them in /dev/null automatically.

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    Re: What do you guys make of this weird facebook email?

    I am getting the same emails lately, and they seem genuine. The links in them point to facebook.com (and the email header seems fine) and I compared them with a much older one, that I know is genuine, and they are exactly the same.

    So, possibly someone is trying to hijack fb accounts en masse; and that's where these unsuccessful logins are coming from.

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    Re: What do you guys make of this weird facebook email?

    Quote Originally Posted by aligator12 View Post
    Not sure if I posted this in the right spot.

    A couple of days ago I received an email from my old Facebook account which I deactivated about a year ago, to my old email account and the subject was "Getting back into Facebook", which if you don't know is the email facebook sends out if you enter the wrong password.

    At first I thought it was a scam, but I think the email really did come from facebook because it had my real name in the email, e.g "Hi, <my name>". I don't think a random fishing email could obtain my name.

    So, what do you think happened?
    Look into it through Facebook. I have been reading up on cracking FB accounts and this is a tell tale sign that someone may be trying to do that to your old account. If you log in and go to the Help selection in the drop down beside the Home button, then you can report a problem and I think there is a was to get to customer service in that menu.
    Last edited by uRock; November 10th, 2012 at 08:29 PM.
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    Re: What do you guys make of this weird facebook email?

    I don't really want to re-activate it again just to get stonewalled by fb. I had a fairly secure password on it tho, what is the worse a hacker could do with only my email address?

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    Re: What do you guys make of this weird facebook email?

    I dont know why this is such a big deal. Try to log in. If you can, then either delete your account or change your password to some miserable 40 charcter mess by pounding on the keybaoard randomly. If you cant log in, request a new password, then log in and proceed as recommended above.
    Finished.
    Asking around on a Ubuntu forum for further advice is pointless.

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    Re: What do you guys make of this weird facebook email?

    Simple as: Someone is trying to crack your old FB account.

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