General Facebook Information – Facebook detected suspicious patterns

I received a question from a fan of the BDE’ earlier today and would like to past along both the question and my answer to the question. The question has to do with a little known Facebook feature which may lock you out of your Facebook account based on a possible malware infection on your computer. This is not a new feature, in fact it’s been around since 2010, but it’s not normally seen and may scare you or throw you off a bit when and if it ever pops up for you. Please see the information below..

The Fan’s Question:
I was wondering if you can tell me if my 2nd account was hacked. It is saying I have malware loaded and it is asking me to use malware software. Wont let me log in but it seems to be facebook doing it. Not sure what is going on.

My Answer:
You’re seeing that message because Facebook detected suspicious patterns in the way your account was being used. They say the patterns suggest that your computer might be infected with malware.

To help you keep both your account and the files on your computer secure, they request you allow McAfee to scan and clean your computer of any possible infections. Since they are partnered with McAfee, they allow you to do this for free by logging into Facebook and following the on-screen directions when prompted..

So it’s not a scam and safe for you to do what they ask you too. Once you have allowed McAfee to scan your computer for any possible infections and clean them, you should be able to log back into your account normally.

Better Security through Software

When I log in to Facebook, I see a message telling me I have a virus and need to scan my computer with McAfee software.,-I-see-a-message-telling-me-I-have-a-virus-and-need-to-scan-my-computer-with-McAfee-software.

*I have included a photo of part of the process..

**Please note: If you are seeing a message asking you to do a malware scan AFTER you try to login, then it is safe.. Like for instance: You go to and enter your login information and then Facebook prompts you to do the scan. That is safe..

If you receive a message like that BEFORE you even login to Facebook, then it is NOT safe. Like for instance: As soon as you try to a box pops up telling you about a malware infection and won’t even let you access the login page. It may even ask you to purchase software, pay to regain access or even try to force you to complete a survey.. If that is the case You have a form of “Ransomware” and need to have a full Anti-virus scan done on your computer immediately.

~Black Knight – Sorry for the length of this message..

Scam Alert – Facebook Verified accounts

**Share & Like To Spread This Alert**

Watch out for a message currently floating around Facebook that states: “All Profiles must be verified before June 1st 2012!”, (See Example). -The message leads to a rogue Facebook application that does nothing more then grab your profile information and spam your friends, in your name. While the app is spamming your friends you are transferred to another page and told to complete surveys. Please note that Facebook does NOT use your newsfeed, Inbox, chat, Applications or Surveys to verify your account. To verify your Facebook account you must add your mobile number to it. For more information please visit the attached report.

[Scam Alert] WARNING : Announcement From FACEB00K Verification Team.All Profiles Must Be Verified

I just signed up. How do I verify my account?,-how-do-I-verify-my-account?

Your Android powered smartphone is a Target

From fake Flash players that send secret premium SMS messages at 10 bucks a pop, to imitation games in the market place that commandeer your entire smartphone and make it part of a Botnet, Your Android powered smartphone has quickly become the target of cyber-criminals looking to make a fast buck.

Do you protect your smartphone and if so, what type of protection do you use?

Attached Infographic from TrendLabs of Trend Micro:

Phony Flash Player Plants Malware on Android Phones

Fake Angry Birds Strikes Android Users With Malware

Scam Alert – Share to Help Baby With Brain Disorder


Facebook users should be on the lookout for a photo of an unknown child that claims people should share or like it so that Facebook or the “Facebook team” will donate or give money for every share of the photo. Despite what is stated in the widely circulated photo, (Example Attached), it should not be shared or liked. Though the child’s name is unknown the child’s picture has been shown on several websites that claim the child’s deformities were caused by the use of depleted uranium weaponry in Fallujah, Iraq. As of now the Childs whereabouts and condition are unknown. Please remember Facebook does not donate money for the liking or sharing of any content on Facebook. The photo does nothing more then exploit the child, Emotionally Blackmail Facebook users into liking or sharing content from junk fan pages and puts unwanted stress on the family of the child because they have not asked anyone to post, like or share pictures of their child with such bogus claims attached. If you see this child’s photo appear in your feed, with the bogus donation message attached, please inform your friend of the hoax/ scam and report the photo as spam. For more information please read the reports below..

Another Facebook Nonsense Post – Share to Help Baby With Brain Disorder

Sharing and Liking Photos Of Children With Sicknesses Does Not Bring Donations From Facebook.

I can imagine many of you have seen the photo shown in the attached alert. The caption on the photo states the baby shown in the photo passed away due to drug abuse and ask you to “like” the photo for a prayer, for babies that died because of drug abuse. The truth is the baby shown in the photo did not pass due to drug abuse. Her name was Trinity and she was still born. More information about her can be found at the link I have provided below. Currently her father has been reporting the instances of the photo, hoping Facebook will remove them. If you see Trinity’s photo appear in your feed with the bogus message or similar, please report the image and message.

Trinity Clair – Born sleeping 19th June 2005

Sharing and Liking Photos Of Children With Sicknesses Does Not Bring Donations From Facebook.

For the truth about the children who appear in these types of hoaxes/ scams, please read more here:

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