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Phishing Scam – Fake Facebook ‘Copyright Violations’ Message

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message purporting to be from the Facebook Support Team claims that there are copyright violations on your Facebook Page and you are therefore required to click a link to verify the Page. 

Brief Analysis

The message is not from Facebook. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into giving your Facebook login details to criminals. If you receive this message, do not click any links that it contains.

Example

We Received reports that you’re making copyright violations on your Facebook page. Please review your posts and become more careful about your posts.

If you think this is a mistake, please verify your page on the link below. This would indicate that your page does not have a violation in terms of use. We will immediately review your page appeal.

[Link removed]

Note : If within 48 hours, you have not verified your page on our link, then you have ignored our notifications and your page will be suspended.

Sincerely,
Facebook Support Team

Facebook Phishing Scam

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this message, which arrives via Facebook’s private messaging system and purports to be from the Facebook Support Team, you have been ‘making copyright violations on your Facebook page’.

The message instructs you to click a link to verify your page. It warns that, if you do not verify within 48 hours, your Page will be suspended. 
However, the message is the work of scammers who have hijacked a Facebook account and used it to launch the scam. The message is certainly not from Facebook support and the copyright violations claim is just a ruse to trick you into clicking the link.

If you do click the ‘verification’ link, you will be taken to a Facebook app page that hosts a bogus form (see screenshot below). The form asks you to supply your Facebook login information as well as your email and phone number. After you submit the requested information, you may then receive a message claiming that you have successfully verified your Page.

Meanwhile, the criminals who created the scam can collect the submitted details and use them to hijack your Facebook account. Once they have gained access, they can lock you out, change the account to suit their needs, and then use it to launch further scam attacks. They will likely use your compromised account to send out a new round of the ‘copyright violation’ scam messages to users on your friends list.

Because the messages come from Facebook’s own messaging service – via hijacked accounts – users are more likely to fall for the scam.

This is just one among many similar phishing campaigns that have targeted Facebook users in recent years. If you receive one of these messages, do not click any links that it contains.

Facebook Phiishing Scam Form

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Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer