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Keep an eye out for Facebook scam messages with the words “I can’t believe it’s you” and a link.
Here’s what the messages look like:
If you click the link, you may be taken to a phishing website that tries to trick you into entering your Facebook account email or phone and password into a login box. The site will claim that you need to login to see the image or video that the “I can’t believe it’s you” message is supposedly referencing. It is designed to look like it is part of the genuine Facebook website.
If you proceed, criminals can collect the login details you supplied and use them to hijack your Facebook account. Once they have gained access, the criminals can use your account to distribute scam and spam messages and posts in your name.
And of course, you will never see the supposed image or video of you, which never existed to begin with.
Links in some versions of these messages may open websites that harbour malware or redirect to survey scams.
In fact, the “I can’t believe it’s you” messages are just one version of a long-running series of bogus Facebook messages designed to trick people into clicking links that open scam websites. Some claim that you have been featured in a viral YouTube video. Others claim that your friend has seen you in a compromising video or online image. All of the scam messages are designed to trick you into clicking a link that opens a phishing or malware website.
You may be more inclined to believe that the messages are genuine because they appear to have been sent by one of your Facebook friends. But, in reality, your friend’s account has been hijacked and used to send you the scam message.
If your account has been compromised via one of these scams, you will need to try to secure your account as quickly as you can. And, if possible, let your Facebook friends know that your account has been compromised and to watch out for scam posts being sent in your name.
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!