Facebook timelines are currently being hit by scam messages designed to trick users into clicking a phishing link.
The text of the scam messages vary. Some suggest that you check out a ‘foolish movieclip’ or ‘silly woman’. Some ask if you have saved a picture. There may also be several other variations.
A follow-up comment to these initial messages contains the malicious link along with variations of the words ‘here’s the link hehe’. Clicking this link opens a fake Facebook login page. The page is designed to look like a normal Facebook login.
If you enter your Facebook account login details on the fake page, you may be automatically redirected to a random Instagram page. But, meanwhile, the scammers can harvest your login information and use it to hijack your Facebook account.
Once they have gained access to your account, they can use it to post the same scam message on your Timeline. Your Facebook friends may see the post, and because they think you posted it, they may click the link and subsequently compromise their own accounts. In this way, more and more accounts may be hijacked.
The scammers may also use the hijacked accounts to launch other types of scam and spam campaigns.
If you see one of these messages, do not click any links in either the message itself or subsequent comments.
check out this silly woman
here’s the link hehe [Link removed]
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!