According to this message, which appears to come from ‘Content Reviews’ at Facebook, forbidden content and suspicious activity have been discovered in your Facebook account.
The message warns that because of this forbidden content, your account is at risk of being closed. It requests that you click a link to perform an ‘Instant Verification’ to deal with the issue.
However, the message is certainly not from any Facebook content review entity. Instead, it is a phishing scam designed to steal your Facebook account login credentials, your credit card details, and other personal information.
If you fall for the ruse and click the link in the message, you will be taken to a fraudulent website designed to look like a real Facebook page that asked you to update your security information, ostensibly as a means of providing evidence that your account is authentic.
The page asks for your account password and security answer as well as your name and contact details:
If you supply the requested information and click the ‘Protect Your Account’ button, you will be taken to a second fake page that asks you to provide your credit card details and billing address information:
After supplying this information, you will receive a final message claiming that the update process has now been completed.
Meanwhile, the criminals responsible for the attack can use the stolen information to hijack your Facebook account and use it to send copies of the scam message to all of your friends. The criminals will change your Facebook name to ‘Content Reviews’, ‘Facebook Admin’, or a similar name designed to make their fake messages seem more authentic.
The scammers can also use your credit card details to commit fraudulent transactions in your name. And, armed with the personal and financial information they have gathered, they may also be able to steal your identity.
Facebook phishing campaigns like this one are very common. Be wary of any Facebook message or email that claims that you must click a link to update account details or verify your information.
It is always safest to login to your Facebook account by entering the account address into your browser’s address bar or via a legitimate Facebook app.
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!