The message claims that a warning about the violation was sent to you via email, but you did not respond. Therefore, claims the message, your account might be permanently disabled if you do not click a link to verify the account.
However, the message is fraudulent. It is not a genuine Facebook notification and the claim that your account may be suspended if you don’t click a verify link is not true.
In fact, the message is a typical phishing scam designed to steal your account login details.
A quite sophisticated phishing attempt
At first glance, the fake verify link may appear to be a genuine Facebook URL because it includes “facebook.com”, “help” and “support” in the web address. You may not notice that there is no forward slash after “facebook.com”. And, the long strings of numbers in the URL may further obscure the fact that the address does not really open Facebook at all. In fact, the domain is registered in Germany and has no connection to Facebook whatsoever.
If you do click the link, you will be taken to a bogus website that may initially appear to be a genuine Facebook help page. The fake web page claims that your Page is under review and urges you to click a button to verify your ownership.
The web page includes some general information about copyright along with a list of links to related reports. To further the illusion of legitimacy, some of these links open real help files on the genuine Facebook website.
Although it may look legitimate at first glance, the fake web page does not have the search bar and navigation menu that appears on genuine Facebook Help Center pages.
A screenshot of the fake web page:
If you follow the “continue” link at the bottom of the page, you will be taken through two forms that ask for details about your Facebook Page along with your account login credentials.
Screenshots of the fake forms:
After providing the requested details, a final confirmation message will appear that falsely claims that Facebook will take a look at your review request. After a few seconds, the web page will automatically redirect to the genuine Facebook website.
A screenshot of the bogus confirmation message:
Meanwhile, online criminals can use the information you provided to hijack your Facebook account and pose as you. They may use your account to perpetrate further scam and spam campaigns that target your Facebook friends and Page followers.
And, they may gather more information about you and your friends from the hijacked account and use it to directly target you in further fraud attempts and to try to steal your identity.
These scams are common on Facebook
Phishing scams like this one regularly target Facebook users. This video from the Hoax-Slayer YouTube channel provides further insight into such scam attacks:
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