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Beware of “Your Unread Messages Will Be Deleted” Facebook Scam!
October 9, 2014

This is a precautionary blog post for our readers, especially those who use the social networking site Facebook.

An old online scam seems to have started doing fresh rounds on the Internet. Online scammers are sending emails to users claiming that their unread messages will be deleted from their Facebook account and urge them to view their notifications.

Unread messages will be deleted soon
 

These emails appear to have been sent by Facebook Administration, and notify users of their inactivity in their account.

Here’s what may happen if you click any button or link in such emails:

– Redirection to websites that may try to sell you products via credit/debit card transaction.

– Redirection to websites that may steal your personal or financial information.

– Redirection to compromised websites that might automatically drop a malware on your system.

Advice for our Readers

– Do not trust any unwanted or unexpected emails

– Avoid clicking links or downloading attachments embedded in such emails

– If you have any concerns about your Facebook account, log into the site by typing the URL in the address bar

– Always verify such information from multiple sources before acting on it

– Spread the information among your family and friends who use Facebook

Stay safe!

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  1. thank u so much,..

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  2. Mahesh PhadkeOctober 9, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Thanks

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  3. thank you very much for helping us. i will send to as many as possible

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  4. aravindan.aOctober 9, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    thank u somuch every time

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  5. Really useful updates will take care an alert others

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  6. sayan chatterjeeOctober 9, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    is quick heal total security is abel to kill malware

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    • Hi Sayan,

      Yes, Quick Heal Total Security defends your PC against known and even new and unknown malware threats.

      Regards,

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      • Thank you Rajib ! 🙂

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      • Darshan RaithathaOctober 16, 2014 at 1:25 AM

        But sir with the help of phishing page nd keylogger it is bypassing the QH security after.
        By typing fb.com I m going to his clone page (EX http://www.facebook.com )becaue it can chng settings I know so can I able to know nw it is real or clone ?

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        • Hi Darshan,

          First of all, it is always safe to stay out of trouble. So, we would recommend you not to try accessing strange or unofficial URLs of any site.

          Secondly, even if typing a fake URL takes you to a phishing site, Quick Heal will restrict your access and block the site.

          Regards,

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  7. thanks a lot…

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  8. Most Valuable Information…..

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  9. KrishnamurthyOctober 10, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Really I appreciate the concern regarding fradulent mails and awareness from Quickheal. Thanks a lot.

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  10. Thank you so much .. !!

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  11. Biswaroop ChatterjeeOctober 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Thanks so much!

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  12. ADITYA PATILOctober 10, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Dear

    good and powerful quick heal total security

    thank you

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  13. Pankaj HazarikaOctober 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    very pleased to learn from you regarding email threats. thaks

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  14. Thanxs for sharing and updating……appreciate !!

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  15. diganta lahkarOctober 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Really I appreciate the concern regarding fradulent mails and awareness from Quickheal. Thanks a lot.

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  16. i did not understand it well!!!!

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    • Hi Sailesh,

      In this blog post, we are warning users of fake emails that might ask to view your Facebook notification or otherwise your unread messages will be deleted. Any link or buttons in these emails should not be clicked, because doing so might infect your computer with a malware or take you to a fake website.

      Regards,

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  17. yes all social web sites should be opened by logging in their respective URLs. So many software downloads and updates are also fake and they steal ur information. Please while accepting the download agreement, please be very careful in acceptin Thanks

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  18. If already had viewed that notification then any option

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  19. Will the quick heal AV detect the malware before entering my system.
    Like if i visit any fake website will it show me a warning.?

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  20. Thanx a lot…hope you are building defenses against such malwares…

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  22. Amazing knowledge.. Thanks a lot…quick heal always rock..The best antivirus till now I have seen…keep going!!!!

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  23. Dr Santosh Kumar DubeyOctober 10, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Thanks Mr Rajib for this useful information .We expect that you would continue updating us on these technical issues and threats!

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  24. manish k joshiOctober 10, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    How’ll know that……

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  25. Tauquir ahmedOctober 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Realy gud antivirus

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  26. Thanks for your advice.

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  27. your softwer worak very good

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  28. Thanks for your advice

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  29. Rajes DonvirusOctober 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Thank you for the info…

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  30. Thnx 4 ur info

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  31. THANK U…

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  32. Abdul Malik AnsariOctober 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Good Performence Of Quick Heal

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  33. Karunakar R KOctober 11, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Thanks

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  34. WHOOOH!! I was just going to be in trouble. i also use facebook and these kind of mails was in my inbox. it was exactly the same mail but i ignored and just deleted it. This was mailed to me 5-6 times

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  35. I AM HAPPY TO USE THE PRODUCT Q HEAL TOTAL SECURITY AND MOSTLY IT SI FINE.

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  36. Thank you very much for the useful information.

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  37. SUKHENDU BERAOctober 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Thanx a lot …

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  38. SUKHENDU BERAOctober 12, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Expecting continuous support…

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  39. Thanks for sharing for such important message.

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  40. Mrutunjaya MishraOctober 13, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    I think this is a adware issue anyways thanks a lot

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  41. abdhesh kumarOctober 13, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    thanks

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  42. Rajeev AsthanaOctober 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Thanks BRO! Yet to know, if such redirection (by any sites aswell) goes to any online shopping web and thereafter purchasing occurs by netbanking or debit/credit card under 3d secure system, is there any risk??

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    • Hi Rajeev,

      Yes there is risk involved here as one can never know which site one is on. Creating a 3D secure system can easily be achieved by malicious parties and creating fake pages which look real is one of the simplest things to do. So it is best to not carry out financial transactions on pages that you are redirected to from clicking on a link somewhere. Instead, visit that link on your own through official channels. It will take a few seconds more but it can potentially save one from disasters.

      Regards.

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  43. thank you sir

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  44. thanks rajib

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  45. pradeep kumarOctober 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    thankyou so much

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  46. One of the best and usefull app!

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  47. TYSM! i will take care

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  48. Thank You

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  49. ramesh nepaliOctober 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Thanks a lot for this important info…..

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  50. NEERAJ KUMAR YADAVOctober 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    thanks for the information

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  51. dhananjay kaushikOctober 15, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    thanks for suggestion

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  52. Thanks Rajib for providing such a useful information..

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  53. M K PradhanOctober 16, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Thanks Rajib,

    last many time in the internet browser some AD. website opened in both site of the internet browser automatically.

    Like reduce your health, or vacation package for hill station etc.

    I am using win8 license copy in the laptop, Microsoft Essential regularly updating.

    Guide me.

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    • Hi M K Pradhan,

      Since it was just an ad, you need not worry about anything. Most websites on the Internet make use of visual and banner ads and this is a huge source of income for them. You can use a pop-up blocker to avoid greater threats. But seeing banner ads is not going to cause any harm on your machine.

      Regards.

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  54. if I store credit card on google wallet or in microsoft account, is it safe?

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    • Hi,

      Yes, usually bigger corporations have plenty of safety policies in place to keep your information safe. However, bigger entities are also targeted more frequently and intensely by attackers. So the information stored there is never completely safe.

      Regards.

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  55. seenu.trichyOctober 16, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    thank you very much for providing us a safety wall

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  56. HarshaL s. GaikwadOctober 16, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Thanks u Sir.

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  57. Thanks a lot to let us concern abt the facts we r not aware.quick heal.

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  58. this antivirus is too good

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  59. Sir, Nice to know yr warnings time-to-time. Thanks

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  60. thanks rajib for this important information…………:-)

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  61. Mr Rajib Singha

    1. I USE ANDROID MOBILE. AND USE MOBILE QUICK HEAL IN IT. IT KEEP GIVING PRIVACY ADVISER WHEREIN I CAME TO KNOW THAT MOST OF ANDROID APPS CAN ACCESS MOST OF THE DATA OF MOBILE HAND SET. BEFORE INSTALLING THE APP TAKE ALL THE PERMISSION AND IF DO NOT GIVE PERMISSION ,APP FAIL TO INSTALL. LIKE WHATS’UP IT TAKE EVERY SHORT OF PERMISSION.

    2. IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE ,I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS ,REQUEST ANSWER IF PHEASIBLE :-

    Q.1. CAN ENCRYPTION OF MOBILE DATA PREVENT THE APP FROM ACCESSING MOBILE DATA ?

    Q.2. IS THERE ANY WAY BY WHICH CERTAIN TYPE PERMISSION OF PARTICULAR APP CAN BE DENIED LIKE ACCESS TO CONTACT NO OF PHONE AS IS THERE IN BLACKBERRY ?

    Q.3. WHICH OPERATING SYSTEM IS MORE SECURE WHICH DO NOT ACCESS THE DATA OF MOBILE BY SERVER -BLACKBERRY OR WINDOW OR ANDROID OR ANY OTHER WHICH YOU KNOW ?

    PLEASE ADVISE ME SINCE THESE SECURITY ISSUES BOTHER ME.

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    • Hi Chander,

      – Even if an app accesses your data, if the data is encrypted, it won’t be of no use for the app.
      – As far as we know, Google apps do not have the facility to partially grant permission.
      – Latest operating systems are usually more secure than their predecessors.

      Regards,

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  62. Thanks for you

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  63. Asoke Kumar BandyopadhyayOctober 17, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    thanx a lot for ur valuable information

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  64. Rushang DalalOctober 17, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Oh thnk u very much

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  65. Harshad PatelOctober 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Thanks for information.

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  66. hussain valliOctober 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    it is very impressive thank you so much

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  67. Thanxxxxx

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  68. Sir,
    i get lots of ads by info when i open any page its really irritating me to cancel again again these ads , plz give some solution ?
    thankz

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    • Hi Waseem,

      Check for any unknown addons installed in your Firefox, Chrome or IE browser. Remove them if there are any. Also, check for any unknown program in your control panel and uninstall them if found any.

      You can also turn on pop-up blocker in your browser, and install AdBlock Plus to block pop-up ads.

      Regards,

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  69. satyam singhNovember 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    qiuk heal sabse kharab antivires hai

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    • Hi Satyam,

      We are sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience that you might have had while using our product. If you give us an opportunity, we will ensure to serve you better.

      Regards,

      Reply