We reported Facebook phishing attacks back in 2020, but scammers keep upgrading their tactics and tricks to steal your personal data and access to your account. Several Facebook fan pages and public groups called “Appeal a Page Policy Violation” appeared recently and are trying to attack Facebook users. Check how the scam works and how to protect yourself from it:
How it works
1. Hackers send fan page owners this message, claiming that the page “has been scheduled for deletion” for violating the Community Standards rules. Then they ask users to click on a link immediately to “cancel the deletion,” or the page will be deleted.
Hello, Your Page has been scheduled for deletion because it goes against our Community Standards on Intellectual Property. If you want to cancel the deletion of your page or retrieve any of the content or information you’ve added, please submit a report on link below. Otherwise, Facebook will start deleting your page in 2 days. After 2 April 2021, you won’t be able to access the account or any of the content you’ve added. HTTPs://www.facebook.com/495823331798835 Thanks, FacebookTeam
2. The link leads to a Facebook note page entitled “Appeal a Page Policy Violation.” On this page, some details of the “case” are shown, and this note prompts users to file complaints through another link. The link seems legitimate and leads to a web page that looks like a real Facebook page. (It’s, indeed, a fake one!)
Appeal a Page Policy Violation (g) INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INFRINGEMENT ■ WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2021 • $ Report #: 1003457673493762 Rights Owner: Universal Publishing Group Address: 3130 Villa Ave, Portland, ME, USA. Copyrighted Work: Music If you think this is a mistake we provided you an appeal form below: HTTP[s]: //facebook.com/copyright/100921299743 Note: If we do not receive an appeal within 24 hours from your account we have to respect the decision mentioned above! Thank you for your cooperation.
3. We found that hackers use an external link (bit.ly) to redirect you to the fake Facebook helpdesk page as shown below. You will find that all the buttons and links on this page don’t work except for the “Appeal” button.
4. If you click on the “Appeal” button, a form will unfold and ask you to fill in information like login email addresses, phone numbers, names, and page names. The information you submit will end up in scammers/hackers’ hands. With that, they can contact you, pretending to be Facebook officials, and trick you into sending your login credentials. They can thus get access to your Facebook account along with your fan pages. Or, they can use the information for other scams such as identity theft.
How to avoid Facebook Phishing Scams
- Pay attention to the web address. A legitimate Facebook official page should always start with facebook.com/.
- Turn to the Facebook official directly for help. Don’t use links others provide you; search for Facebook Help Center and go to the site yourself instead.
- Be smart with your personal information. Please don’t share it online!
- Never click on links from unknown resources. Check before you take any action!
Copy/paste any link and send it to Trend Micro Check for immediate scam/phishing detection.
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