Facebook personal message claims that the sender has seen you in an online video and suggests that you go to a website and skip to a specified place in the video to see yourself.
The message is a phishing scam. There is no video. The web address supplied takes you to a fake Facebook Page that tries to steal your Facebook account login details.
This message, which arrives from a friend via Facebook’s personal messaging system, asks what you are doing in a video the friend has watched. The message instructs you to enter a web address into your browser, search for your name, and then skip to a specified place in the video to see yourself.
The tone of the message suggests that there may be something compromising or embarrassing about the supposed footage.
However, the message is a phishing scam. The message really did come from the friend’s Facebook account, but only because the account has been hijacked.
If you go to the specified web address, a fake Facebook webpage will appear in your browser. The webpage will claim that you must log in with your Facebook email address and password to continue.
After you enter your Facebook login details, you may then be redirected to a Facebook app page that requests permission for an app to access your Facebook account.
Meanwhile, the scammers will collect your Facebook login details. Armed with this information they can then hijack your account, lock you out, and use the account to perpetrate further scams while posing as you.
And, the rogue app you installed will send out the same scam messages to all of your friends.
Because the scam messages were sent via your account, at least a few of your Facebook friends may fall for the ruse and compromise their own accounts. Via this mechanism, the scam message continues to spread across the network giving the scammers more compromised accounts to use for their criminal activities.
Scammers used the same ruse back in 2014.
If you receive one of these messages, don’t fall for it. The scammers hope that natural curiosity – or a degree of panic – will cause at least some recipients to follow the instructions and compromise their accounts. Unfortunately, such simple social engineering tricks continue to gain new victims.
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!