The CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, is probably never going to send you a personal message. But this hasn’t stopped some hoaxters from putting together a new phishing scheme that tries to bait people into clicking on malicious links sent via messages to their Facebook inboxes allegedly from Facebook’s head honcho Zuckerberg.
According to a discovery by Hoax-Slayer and reported by AllFacebook, the following message from Zurckerberg (yes they botched his name) is appearing in users’ inboxes around the world:
Mark Zurckerberg Dear Facebook user, After reviewing your page activity, it was determined that you were in violation of our Terms of service.Your account might be permanently suspended. If you think this is a mistake,please verify your account on the link below. This would indicate that your Page does not have a violation on our Terms of Service. We will immediately review your account activity,and we will notify you again via email. Verify your account at the link below: ========================================= Link Removed =========================================
Hoax-Slayer reported that the phishing scheme is designed to trick users into giving up their Facebook login details to cyber criminals. The fake message appears alarming and purports that the user’s Facebook account is in danger of being permanently deleted because of some violation of Facebook’s Terms of Service. The page owner is prompted to then click on link to verify their account and show the page is not actually in violation of the TOS. Users that fall victim to clicking on the link end up at a fake Facebook login page that closely resembles the real one but is really looking to steal the users’ login credentials.
If you receive this message, do not click on any of the links!
Have you seen this scam yet on Facebook?
Thanks for the awareness!
No problem Mithu!
Why folks respond…I will never understand…
Never underestimate stupidity 🙂 But seriously though, some of these scams look real enough to bait a few unsuspecting users. Sometimes the messages come from your friends on hijacked accounts too. And these attacks continue to become more sophisticated in their delivery.
The lack of a space after the first period gives it away.
“If you think this is a mistake, please verify your account on the link below. This would indicate that your Page does not have a violation on our Terms of Service.”
How exactly does this work? I click sign in, and that magically proves the TOS Violation is wrong? What violation can be proven nonexistent if I log in? Many phishing schemes use this, and it makes no sense. Even if they proclaimed my account had been hacked, me logging in is no different than someone hacking in and verifying and continuing to misues it.
Thanks for the warning!
What about someone you THINK is a relative begins chatting with you and they ask if you’ve received your mailing for $70,000 from Mark Zuckerberg? After two responses, I realized it wasn’t my elderly aunt and I shut down my Facebook page. Never clicked on any links. Think I’m ok?
How about if they already respond? what will happen?