Facebook shutdown scam back to fool again; report hijacked accounts

Some scams just won’t die. The Facebook shutdown scam is the perfect example.As long as people keep falling for it, it will keep coming back. Don’t let the scam fool you this time… or in a few months when it pops up again.

How the Scam Works:

You are on Facebook, and you see a post in your news feed claiming that your Facebook account will be shut down on May 18th. It appears to be official, posted by either Facebook’s corporate account or claiming that it’s Mark Zuckerberg.

Want to avoid deactivation? It’s easy, claims the post, just “register” your account online. To do this, follow a link to a third-party website, copy the code and paste it into the platform developers use to deal with Facebook. If you do this, you’ll find that scammers now have access to your account. You may start auto-liking spam posts and profiles or sending spam to your friends.

This Facebook shutdown scam has popped up every few months for the last three years. It may take a slightly different form next time, but don’t be fooled. Facebook isn’t closing anytime soon.

Tips to Protect Yourself:

  • Don’t take the bait. Stay away from promotions of “exclusive,” “shocking” or “sensational” footage. If it sounds too outlandish to be true (um, like a gigantic website shutting down on a week’s notice), it is probably a scam.
  • Don’t trust your friends’ taste online. It might not actually be them “liking” or sharing scam links to photos. Their account may have been hacked. But it may also be clickjacking, a technique that scammers use to trick you into clicking something that you wouldn’t otherwise (especially the Facebook “Like” button).
  • Verify before you share: On the flip side, do your friends a favor and verify any sensational posts before you like or share them. A quick Google search should do the trick.
  • Compromised account? If your Facebook account is sending out spam, you can stop it by following Facebook’s instructions.
  • Report spam on Facebook by following these instructions.
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One response to “Facebook shutdown scam back to fool again; report hijacked accounts

  1. Mark Burrows

    Facebook is the resident of the ever gullible. The key is, well keywords. For example, if they say corporate account. Why would there be a corporate account on a basically user free domain? Second, as much as Zuckerberg was the brain child behind Facebook, he’s made his billions. He is merely a symbol now, the face of Facebook. Him sending out messages or emails would be as believable as one sent to you by Ronald McDonald sending a personal invitation to dine with him at his McDonald mansion on the ranch. Old McDonald had a farm…… and on his farm he had some McNuggets.
    Point is, not going to happen. So, look at keywords that just do not fit reasonable logic and it will be easy to spot the flaws and red flags.
    The problem is, Facebook makes it’s money from those who advertise on Facebook, they do not assume responsibility of policing the site from people who are gullible.
    As suggested, don’t take things at face value, it takes but moments to use Google or the web search of your choice to verify things. Also, Facebook will try to remove or stop the spread of spam and scams, but as I said, they don’t police your private on going activity. They would be in deep crap if they did in spite of what rumors you have heard. You have to learn how to do your own policing and report trouble when you find it. Then they have cause to address the situation.
    Actually, truth be known, we don’t have privacy with the internet unless we create it with the tools, preferences, and options within each program or site as well as purchasing good security software. We have to create our own barriers, and I pity those who do not for they are the first victims to fall.
    I use Mozilla Firefox as my browser. I have an add on or plug in that shows me the IP address of the site I am visiting. This is a great tool because I log these IP addresses and if they vary, then I know that I have been sent to a mirror site which I would not use. The mirror site could be the worse threat. Of course I have ways to verify the mirror site to make sure it is authentic.
    Now, I could tell you how to do these things, but I don’t work that way, I encourage you to research and learn. Self education sticks much better than having it served to you on a silver platter.

    Mark Burrows

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