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Facebook Account Registration ‘Copy Code’ Scam Messages

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Supposedly official messages being distributed on Facebook claim that users must register or verify their accounts by copying a specified code and pasting it into their browser’s console. The messages warn that if a user fails to comply with the instructions, his or her account will be deactivated or disabled. 

Brief Analysis

The messages are scams and they are certainly not from Facebook. Entering the code as instructed can allow criminals to control the behaviour of your Facebook account without your knowledge. If you see one of these messages, do not follow the instructions it contains. Do not click any links in the messages.

Example

Attention : to all facebook users Your Facebook Accounts will Permanent Disable if you dont register your acc in our facebook stop permanent disable ! How to register Just Follow The Steps
1. GO HERE AND COPY ALL THE CODE THERE
– > > > [Link Removed]
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2. after that GO TO YOUR Facebook Timeline
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3. OPEN CONSOLE , to open console ( Press )
For MOZILLA – CTRL+SHIFT+K
For CHROME – CTRL+SHIFT+J
or using INSPECT ELEMENT/CONSOLE
___________________________________
PASTE in CONSOLE ALL THE CODE
PRESS ENTER !!!!

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Facebook verify Account Scam 1

 

Facebook verify Account Scam 2

 

Detailed Analysis

A series of messages currently being distributed on Facebook claim that Facebook users must register or verify their accounts or risk having their accounts deactivated. The supposedly official messages, some of which purport to be from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, instruct users to click a link to access a verification code. They are told to copy all of the code and then paste it into their browser’s console. They are also asked to share the instructions with other users.

However, the messages are certainly not from Facebook or Mark Zuckerberg. The messages are scams designed to trick users into allowing criminals to control the behaviour of their Facebook accounts. Copying and pasting the code as instructed allows the scammers to use the compromised Facebook account for harvesting likes and for spamming. According to Jovi Umawing of Malwarebytes, the code can cause the accounts to autolike targeted accounts and posts, autofollow lists, tag other users, and stop account owners from unfollowing targeted accounts. 
If one of these messages comes your way, do not follow any instructions it contains. Do not click any links in these scam messages. Facebook is never likely to require users to paste computer code into a console or address bar to perform an account function. Any message that claims that such a procedure is required is likely to be a scam.

Should you encounter one of these messages or their associated Facebook Pages, please report them to Facebook. And make sure that your Facebook friends are aware of this scammer tactic.

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