Message purporting to be a warning from ‘Facebook Security’ or the ‘Facebook Team’ claims that recipients must click a link and confirm their details or their Facebook account will be closed permanently.
The email is not from Facebook and the claim that users will have their accounts disabled if they do not confirm account details is a lie. The message is a phishing scam designed to steal Facebook login details and other personal information. If you receive one of these messages, do not click any links or open any attachments that it may contain.
Subject: Last warning Facebook Team Security
Last Warning: Your account will be disabled!
Immediately confirm your account in order to avoid blocking.
This is due to the number of Facebook users who use fake profiles, which violates the provisions of our services. If you are the original owner of this account please confirm your account to avoid blocking the account.
Please re-confirm your account here:
If within 24 hours you do not confirm, then your account will be deleted and the user will not be able to use it again.
Facebook Team Security
Terms of Intellectual Property and Security Policy
Copyright © 2013 ™ All rights reserved
Facebook Inc. P.O. Box 10005, Palo Alto, CA 94303
This rather threatening email, which claims to be a “last warning” from Facebook Team Security (or, in some versions, just the Facebook team), warns recipients that, if they fail to click a link and reconfirm account details within 24 hours, their Facebook account will be permanently deleted. Recipients are informed that, due to the creation of fake profiles by a number of users, original owners of Facebook accounts must immediately confirm their account details to avoid being blocked.
However, the email is not from Facebook Security or any other legitimate Facebook source. In fact, the message is a phishing scam designed to trick users into disclosing both their Facebook and webmail account login details to Internet criminals. Those who fall for the ruse and click the scam link, will be presented with the following fake Facebook login, which is designed to closely emulate the genuine Facebook website:
If they supply their Facebook login details on the fake form, victims will then be taken to a second bogus page that asks them to submit the username and password for their email account as well as other personal information:
Finally, victims are shown a message supposedly confirming their submission before being automatically redirected to the real Facebook website:
All information supplied via the fake forms can be collected by criminals and used to hijack real Facebook and webmail accounts. The scammers may use the hijacked accounts to perpetrate further spam and scam campaigns and impersonate the genuine account holders for their own nefarious purposes. This is just one example in a series of similar “Facebook Security” phishing scams that have targeted Facebook users in recent years. If you receive one of these “Facebook Security” messages, do not click any links or open any attachments that it may contain.
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!