Ever get an email from Facebook which you’re not sure is legit?
Scammers regularly use emails made up to look like they’re from The Social Network in order to steal your information, prompting users to log on to address an issue of some kind, with a link that takes them through to a phishing site.
But now, Facebook’s providing a way to validate such messages. In a post on the Facebook Security Page, Facebook Product Manager Scott Dickens has outlined their new tool which provides a listing of all the emails Facebook has sent to you, so you can cross-check any questionable correspondence.
As explained by Dickens:
“Facebookmail.com is a common domain that Facebook uses to send notifications when we detect an attempt to log in to your account or change a password. If you're unsure if an email you received was from Facebook, you can check its legitimacy by visiting facebook.com/settings to view a list of security-related emails that have been recently sent.”
The new feature, as noted, is available within your Facebook settings – once there, tap or click on ‘Security and Login’, then right down the bottom of the list, you’ll see the new ‘See recent emails from Facebook’ option.
The listing shows you not only security alerts, but also any notifications Facebook has sent, including updates on post activity, mentions, events, etc.
It’s a good initiative from Facebook - while not everyone will be aware of the option, and no doubt many will continue to click on questionable links, it’s another effort on Facebook’s part to provide more tools to help protect their 2 billion users.
Now, when someone asks you whether a message they’ve received from Facebook is legit, you’ll have a definitive listing to refer them to – and wherever possible, you should do so, to help spread the word about the tool and reduce instances of such scams.