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‘Unblock Goverment’ Facebook Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Facebook message from “Unblock Goverment” claims that someone has reported the user’s account and he or she must click a link to confirm account details within 24 hours or the account will be deleted. 

Brief Analysis

The message is not from Facebook and has no connection to any government (or goverment). It is a phishing scam designed to trick users into divulging their Facebook account login details and other personal information to cybercriminals.

Example

From: Unblock Goverment

WARNING

YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT WILL BE DISABLED

someone has reported your account. Perhaps, you have uploaded an image that can be insulting or harmful to others and chances are you writing content rough
to stop the warning, you must confirm your account facebook

Click the link below to confirm your account…….
[Link removed]

If within 24 hours, you do not confirm your facebook account
we assume that the report is true and we will block your facebook account permanently.

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this message, which is sent via Facebook and claims to be from an entity called “Unblock Goverment”, the user’s account has been reported. The message suggests that the user may have been “writing rough content” or may have uploaded an image that was “insulting or harmful to others”.

The user is warned that he or she must click a link to confirm his or her account within 24 hours or the account will be permanently deleted.

However, the message is not from Facebook or “Unblock Goverment”. It is a phishing scam that tries to trick unwary Facebook users into giving their account details and other personal and financial data to online criminals. 
Those who click the link as instructed will be taken to a fake Facebook page and asked to log in with their email address and password. Depending on the particular incarnation of the scam, they may then be asked to provide further sensitive information such as their email account password, credit card details and contact and ID data.

All of the information submitted on the fake form will be collected by the criminals and used to hijack Facebook accounts and commit credit fraud and identity theft. Typically, the criminals will access the compromised Facebook account, lock out the rightful owner, change the account name to “Unblock Goverment” and use the account to launch a new round of phishing scam messages.

This campaign is very similar to an ongoing series of phishing scams that have falsely claimed to be from Facebook Security or the Facebook Team.

Be wary of any unsolicited message that claims that your account will be disabled or deleted if you do not click a link to verify account details. This is a very common scammer tactic.  It is always safest to access all of your online accounts by entering the account address into your browser’s address bar rather than by clicking a link in an email.



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