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‘Upgrade Your Credit Card’ Facebook Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message purporting to be a last warning from Facebook claims that you must click a link to upgrade your credit card or ‘your page will be stop’. 

Brief Analysis

The message is a scam designed to steal credit card details from unsuspecting users. In fact, this scam attempt is so obvious and crudely rendered that it is actually rather entertaining.

Example

UPGRADE CREDIT CARD ON FACEBOOK.COM Last Warning : Your page will be Stop !

Payment page you were laid off, Our team can not completion of your payment on Facebook, please upgrade your credit card again to return the payment in Facebook.

Please confirm your payment down here
[Link removed]

“Warning”
If you ignore this message within 24 hours, teams will close the page and your facebook account permanently.

Sorry to interrupt your convenience.

Facebook Update Credit Card Phishing Scam

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this message, which purports to be a ‘last warning’ from Facebook, you must update your credit card details. The initial message leads to a Facebook Note with further details.

The note demands that you click a link to update your credit card within 24 hours or ‘teams will close the page and your facebook account permanently’ and ‘your page will stop’.

Supposedly, the team ‘can not completion of your payment’, hence the urgent need to update.

However, of course, the message is just an amusingly inept attempt to steal credit card details from unsuspecting Facebook users. The message is certainly not from Facebook. 
The link opens a fake update form that asks users to provide their credit card and contact details (see screenshot below). After users submit the requested details, another – rather threatening – fake message appears that claims that the team is ‘responding to recover the account’ but the account will be closed if users have provided false information.

In this case, the strange grammar and presentation of the scam very quickly gives the game away. Even less experienced computer users should hopefully see that skulduggery is afoot.

Perhaps this scammer is new at the job. If he wants to make a career out of such nefarious activities, he’ll need to lift his game.

But, while this attempt is quite transparent, there are plenty of others that are more sophisticated and may well fool less-savvy Facebook users into divulging their login details and other personal information.

Facebook users need to be wary of any messages that claim that their account will be suspended or deleted if they do not click a link and provide their details. This common scammer ruse finds new victims every day.

Fake Update Credit Card Facebook Website


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