If you use Facebook Messenger, keep an eye out for posts with the text “Look what I’ve found”. The posts supposedly link to a “private video”.
Because the message comes from the account of one of your Facebook friends, you might initially believe that it is legitimate and click in the hope of viewing the video.
However, there is no video. The message is a phishing scam designed to trick you into divulging your Facebook account login details to online criminals.
If you click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that has been built to emulate a genuine Facebook login page. Once on the fake page, you will be asked to enter your Facebook email address and password. If you proceed, you may then be redirected to the genuine Facebook website.
Meanwhile, the now compromised account can be used to send the same scam message to all of your friends. And, the scammers can hijack your Facebook account and use it for their own nefarious purposes. You may end up locked out of your account and be unable to regain access.
This version is just one in a long series of similar scam messages designed to steal Facebook account details. If it comes your way, don’t click on it. And let the person who sent it know that the message is a scam.
If you have already clicked and supplied your login credentials, you should immediately go to the real Facebook website or app and change your account password if you are still able to log in.
Note that this type of scam is ongoing. Some versions may have different wording and graphics. Some may claim that you can click to view photographs rather than videos.
A screenshot of the scam message:
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!