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‘Account in Violation of Terms of Service’ Facebook Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Warning message purporting to be from the Facebook Ads Team claims that your account has been found in violation of terms of service and will be closed for safety reasons.

Brief Analysis

The message is not from Facebook and the claim that your account is about to be closed is untrue. The message is a phishing scam designed to steal your Facebook account login credentials as well as your credit card details and other personal information.

Example

WARNING ACCOUNT

Your account has been found in violation of terms of service, it is reported as false and your account will be closed for safety reasons.
Facebook does not allow:

• Pretending to be someone else
• Interfere with another comfort for the user
• Having more than one Facebook
• Share link or video content with pornographic videos

We are sure that the account holder, as many users the false account used to interfere with other people.

If you are really user of this account, confirm your account here : [Link removed]

If you can not return the user to confirm this account, we are forced to close the account permanently, and not re-open for any reason.

Thanks,
The Facebook Ads Team
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Copyright © 2016™

 

Detailed Analysis

This ‘warning’, which was supposedly sent by the Facebook Ads team via Facebook’s messaging system, claims that your account has been found in violation of the company’s terms of service and will be closed for safety reasons.

The message lists several reasons why the account may be in violation and states – in rather convoluted English – that if you do not confirm as instructed, Facebook will be forced to permanently close the account and you will not be able to reopen it for any reason. It asks that you click a link to confirm that you are the real account holder and you are not running a ‘false account used to interfere with other people’. 
However, the message is not an official Facebook notification and the claim that your account will be closed due to a terms of service violation is untrue. In fact, the message is just one more in an ongoing series of a title=”Facebook Team Security Phishing Scam – ‘Last Warning – Your Account Will Be Disabled'” href=”http://www.hoax-slayer.com/last-warning-disabled-facebook-phishing.shtml”>Facebook phishing scams designed to steal your account login details along with other personal and financial information.

If you are taken in by the false claims in the message and click the link as instructed, you will be taken to a fraudulent webpage that appears to be part of Facebook and features the Facebook logo and familiar blue colour scheme. Once on the fake page, you will be asked to log in with your Facebook username and password:

Facebook Phishing Scam Website

After supplying your login details on the fake site, you will be taken to a second fake webpage that demands that you update your credit card details:

Facebook Phishing Scam Website

Next you may be redirected to the real Facebook website.

Meanwhile, the criminals responsible for this attack can use the stolen login details to hijack your Facebook account. Once in your account, they can repurpose it to suit their own goals and use the messaging system to send versions of the above scam message to all of your friends.

They can also use the stolen credit card details to commit fraudulent transactions in your name.

Be wary of any message from Facebook that claims that your account will be suspended or disabled if you do not click a link to rectify the supposed issue.  Facebook will not send you messages that demand such an action. Usually, Facebook will inform you via a notification from within your account if there is an account issue that you need to know about.

It is always safest to login to Facebook via an official app or by entering the address in your browser’s address bar rather than by clicking a link in a message.


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer