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.