If you see a post or private message on Facebook claiming that you can view a list of your profile visitors, don’t click on it.
The latest versions of these posts are phishing scams designed to steal your Facebook account login credentials.
If you fall for the ruse and click, you’ll be taken to a fake website that, at least at first glance, looks like it is part of Facebook.
Here’s a screenshot of one such scam website:
If you click ‘View List”, you’ll then be asked to enter your Facebook login credentials:
After “logging in” on the fake site, your browser will automatically redirect you to a completely unrelated news website.
But, the scammers can nab the login details you entered and use them to hijack your Facebook account. Once they have gained access, they can lock you out and pretend to be you. They can publish spam and scam posts and send messages that your Facebook friends will think came from you. And you may find it very difficult to regain control of your account.
Be wary of any post or message that claims that you can click a link or install an app that allows you to view your profile visitors. All of them are scams.
The Facebook Help Center includes the following question and answer:
Can I know who’s looking at my Timeline or how often it’s being viewed?
No. Facebook doesn’t let you track who views your profile or your posts (ex: your photos). Third-party apps are also unable to do this. If you come across an app that says it can show you who’s viewing your profile or posts, please report the app.
View your Facebook profile visitors scams are certainly not new. In fact, they have been around in various forms from soon after Facebook launched.
Earlier versions usually tried to trick users into installing a rogue Facebook app. Installing such apps permitted them to post the same profile viewer scam messages on the user’s profile. The scam messages then attempted to trick people into providing their personal information on dodgy “survey” websites, signing up for absurdly expensive SMS subscriptions, or downloading malware-laden software.
Don’t get caught! To reiterate, any post or message that promises the ability to see who has visited your profile is sure to be a scam.
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!