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‘Attempts to Export Opengraph File’ Facebook Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this supposed security warning, which purports to be from Facebook, you have made several attempts to export your opengraph file using an unauthorised application. 

The message claims that these attempts were made from a location in China.

It warns that, if it was not you who made the attempts, your Facebook account may have been compromised. The email instructs you to click a link to update your security settings.

However, the email is not from Facebook and the claim about attempts to export an opengraph file is just a ruse designed to trick you into clicking the link. The message is a phishing scam. The criminals responsible for the scam have used technical jargon that will likely be meaningless to many users in an attempt to make the message seem like a legitimate security warning.

If you do click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website designed to look like the real Facebook login page. However, if you ‘ log in’ on the fake page as requested, your login details will be collected by criminals and used to hijack your Facebook account.

Once they have gained access to your account, the criminals can use it to launch spam and scam campaigns in your name. Facebook friends who receive these messages may be more inclined to think they are genuine because they appear to have been sent by you.

For the record, Open Graph is a Facebook protocol that gives website developers some control over how information moves between a webpage and Facebook when the page is shared. For example, by using an Open Graph tag in the code of the webpage, a web developer can specify which page image will be shared when someone posts the page’s URL on Facebook.

If you receive this message, do not click any links that it contains. And keep in mind that criminals regularly use similar ruses to trick Facebook users into relinquishing control of their accounts. 
Be wary of any ‘Facebook Security’ message that claims that you must click a link or open an attached file to rectify an account issue or avoid an impending account suspension.

It is much safer to log in to your Facebook account by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a legitimate Facebook app.


Subject: Security Warning


Unusual activities detected. You have made several attempts to export your opengraph file using an unauthorised application located here- Your account will be suspended if this action is not discontinued.

Last Login Details

Location: LD-CHINA,

Date/Time: 21.05.2015: 11:03 PM,


ISP: ????? CN 3Gn567

If this was not you, it is possible that your account may have been compromised. Use the link below to update your security settings.

Facebook Security Warning Phishing Scam

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,