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Facebook ‘Fan Page Verification Program’ Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message purporting to be from Facebook Security claims that a new security feature called the “Fan Page Verification Program” is being implemented and that Page owners must click a link and choose a ten digit security code to complete the process. Recipients are warned that their Page will be suspended permanently if the process is not completed by May 30, 2013.

Brief Analysis

The message is not from Facebook. It is a phishing scam designed to trick users into divulging their Facebook login details to Internet criminals.

Example

Dear Facebook User,

You are receiving this message to notify you about the new security feature from Facebook called “Fan Page Verification Program”.

After many Fan Pages have been stolen lately leaving us no choice but Deleting them forever, we had to come up with an original solution about the Fan Page’s Security.

Luckily, your Fan Page, has a lot of likes and provides High Quality Content, which qualify it for this program.

To complete this process you must choose a 10-digit number (it can be any number) and that number will be assigned as your Security code”. This code will be the new passphrase for changing anything important for your Fan Page, like the Admin roles or other important settings.

Please be aware that this process it’s open only until 30.05.2013 and it’s mandatory to complete it. If you don’t, your Fan Page will be suspended permanently since it is not considered safe for the wide audience.

Please visit the link below to complete the process:
[Link Removed]

Facebook Security

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this message, which purports to be from Facebook Security, Facebook is implementing a new security feature to protect Page owners called the “Fan Page Verification Program. The message claims that, to complete the process and make sure that their Page is protected by the new system, Page owners must follow a link and choose a ten digit passphrase. But, warns the message, Page owners who fail to complete the process by 30th May 2013, will have their Pages permanently suspended.
However, the message is not from Facebook Security and the supposed “Fan Page Verification Program” is nothing more than a criminal ruse designed to steal Facebook account details. Page owners who fall for the scam and click the link will be taken to a bogus “Fan Page Verification Program” web page and asked to submit Facebook login details as well as the supposed ten digit “Transferring Code”:

Facebook Fan Verification Scam Page 1

After completing the form and clicking the “Submit” button, the following confirmation message will be displayed:

Facebook Fan Verification Scam Page 2

Thus, victims will believe that they have successfully completed the procedure and will happily wait for the “confirmation” email blissfully unaware – at least for a little while – that they have just handed their Facebook Account login details to cybercriminals. Meanwhile, the criminals can use the stolen information to hijack Facebook accounts and Pages and launch further spam and scams campaigns in the names of their victims.

This phishing scam is a little more sophisticated than others of its ilk but is nevertheless similar in intent to a long running series of “Facebook Security” scams that have plagued Facebook users for several years. If you receive one of these messages, do not open any links or attachment that the message may contain.

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