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Facebook Hoax? I just took action to save African elephants

There is currently a Facebook message circulating around the social network that allegedly hijacks Facebook profiles and spams a private message that claims “I just took action to save African elephants.”

While the website it may present is legitimate and it only wants users to sign a petition, some users may not realize that the petition may spam messages on the Facebook user’s behalf.

These types of scams are very common and are generally utilized to take over legitimate Facebook profiles, spam the message to the profiles friends, and ultimately spread dangerous malware via links contained in the content; However, that is not the case with this message. This message seems to be safe, but may violate the basic civil liberties of internet users and their privacy.

If you wish to sign the petition, that is your choice. It is unclear if the petition will prove to be useful.

I just took action to save African elephants. They could go extinct by 2030, but if we act now, a body in charge of protecting endangered species could slap sanctions on Thailand, the key blood ivory market.
Please join me!
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_elephants/?dscvdcb

Poachers just shot one of the world’s largest elephants, Satao, then hacked his 100 pound tusks out of his face with a machete. At the current rate of killing, elephants may be extinct in 15 years, but this week if we act now we have an amazing chance to crack down on the illegal trade that fuels the slaughter.

Each day, 50 regal elephants are butchered just to make dinky ivory trinkets! The main culprit for this carnage is Thailand — the fastest growing market for unregulated ivory. And tomorrow the international body created to protect endangered species has a chance to sanction Thailand until it cracks down on the elephant killers. Experts fear Thai leaders are mounting a propaganda campaign to dodge penalties, but it just takes Europe and the US to ignore their noise and spearhead action to end the slaughter.

Let’s give key European delegates, and the US, the global call they need to tune out Thailand and bravely lead the world to save the elephants. A final decision could be made tomorrow, so we have no time to lose — sign the petition, then send a message to the EU Environment Commissioner:

To the CITES representatives of Europe and the US and all members of the Standing Committee:
As citizens concerned that African elephants may be extinct by 2030, we call on you to fulfill your responsibility to protect them by sanctioning Thailand for failing to stop its illegal ivory trade. With one tenth of the population being killed each year, there is no time to lose; our elephants need champions today. The future of this magnificent species is in your hands this week — act now.

Solution:

If your Facebook account has been affected by this scam please see the recommended steps below.

  • Change your Facebook password (located in your Facebook Settings) and make sure to log out of every device when prompted to.

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  • Remove suspicious Facebook Apps (Settings > Apps).
  • If you believe your computer is infected with malware we recommend to download and install reputable Anti-Malware software such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Once installed, update the software, and run a scan for malicious files. *This software is available free or as a full version.

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