Recently I received an email from a Scamicide reader who was legitimately concerned in regard to a notice he received that told him that he would have to update his Messenger-Only App within ninety days or his account would be deleted. Messenger is an instant messaging feature built into Facebook accounts, however, if you don’t want to have a Facebook page, but still wish to use Messenger, you can use the Messenger app for either Android or iPhones.
While I was initially skeptical about the notice, it turns out that the notice was indeed legitimate. However, since you can never be sure when you are contacted on the phone, email or text message as to who is really contacting you, the question arises as to how you should respond if you get one of these notices.
Obviously if you don’t use the Messenger-Only App, you can be confident that the notice which will attempt to lure you into clicking on a link is a scam and you should delete the message. Clicking on the link will lure you into either providing personal information that can be used to make you a victim of identity theft or download dangerous malware.
However, if you do use the Messenger-Only App, I still think it is prudent not to click on any links found in the notice to you. The risk of it being a phishing scam is too great. Instead you should go directly and independently to your account to update your existing Messenger account to a Deactivated Except Messenger Account (DEMA). A DEMA account lets you use Messenger without having an active Facebook account. Here is a link with the information you need. https://www.facebook.com/help/messenger-app/852980212114849
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