Do you own or manage a Facebook Page? If so, keep an eye out for bogus notifications claiming to be associated with Facebook’s “verified” badges.
When I when to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page this morning, the following message appeared in my notifications:
And this message was displayed in the Page Roles section of the Page’s settings:
It would be easy to assume that the request was an official notification from Facebook regarding the company’s verification system. Especially if you have recently applied for verification and are awaiting confirmation.
In fact, Facebook did not send the partner request. The notification has no connection to Facebook’s Page verification process.
Instead, it is an attempt by criminals to hijack the targeted Facebook Pages.
If I had been fooled and accepted the request, the criminals would have been able to hijack the Page and use it for their own nefarious purposes. They may also have been able to lock out legitimate Page admins. If you are locked out of your Page via such an attack, it can be difficult to regain control.
“Verification Blue Tick” is just one of a number of names used by scammers in such hijack attempts. The names typically include “verified”, “verification”, or other derivative words. Some versions may claim to be associated with the grey verification badge used by small businesses.
If you receive one of these notifications, do not give the sender access to your Page or profile.
You can request a verification badge via the instructions on this Facebook Help Page. Ensure that any messages or notifications you receive about verification are genuine.
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!