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Phishing Scams Continue To Target Facebook Page Owners

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this seemingly official message, Facebook has reviewed your page activity and determined that you were in violation of Facebook’s Terms of Use. 

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.

An example of the scam message:
Facebook Page Phishing Scam Message

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:

Facebook Page Phishing Scam

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:

Facebook Scam Fake Form

Facebook Scam Fake form

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:

Fake Facebook 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:

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,