Messages sent via Facebook’s private messaging system ask if “you are in this video?”, “this is your video?”, or similar video related questions. The messages, which come from accounts that belong to your Facebook friends, include a link that supposedly opens the video being discussed.
The messages are scams designed to steal your Facebook account login details or trick you into installing malware. The messages are sent from Facebook accounts that have been compromised by criminals and used to launch spam and scam campaigns. If you get one of these messages from a Facebook friend, it most likely means that your friend’s account has been hijacked.
If you click the link in one of these messages, you may be taken to a fraudulent website that has been designed to look like a Facebook login page. A message on the site will claim that you must log in before you can see the video. In reality, there is no video. If you enter your Facebook email address and password on the fake site, criminals can collect the information and use it to hijack your Facebook account. They can then use your account to send the same scam messages to all of your friends.
Alternatively, clicking the link may take you to a website that harbours malware. Once on the site, you may be tricked into downloading and installing the malware on your computer.
In fact, these messages are just the latest in a series of very similar attacks that have targeted Facebook users for years. Several earlier versions have used the “is this you in the video” ruse to trick people into relinquishing control of their Facebook accounts or installing malware. Other variants of the scam messages falsely claim that the sender has seen you in a photo rather than a video.
If you receive one of these messages, do not click any links that it contains. And, try to let the friend that owns the account that the message came from know that his or her account may have been compromised.
You are in this video?
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!