Facebook users should beware of frauds who use knavish tricks to hack social media accounts. Recently, our team noticed “Your page will be unpublished” scam on Facebook, which reveals a new fraudsters’ method to convince people to disclose their Facebook login details. Scammers create fraudulent pages and make every effort to make them look like they belong to Facebook’s staff. They set up a professional-looking page description, use Facebook’s logo as the profile picture, and then they use such malign pages to share posts of pages that belong to legitimate businesses or innocent people. Pages like Team Advert, Ads-Info., Ads Department Social, and others insert a comment when sharing such posts, saying that the indicated Facebook page will be unpublished due to reports about a false name, fraud on the account, using people’s images or obscene pictures, and writing coarse content. The fraudulent message also adds that the Facebook page will be permanently disabled if the owner of it fails to verify it within the given time or if “Facebook” detects some suspicious activity on the account.
“Your page will be unpublished,” “Your page will soon disabled,” and similar fraudulent messages suggest visiting “confirmation” pages, which are actually phishing sites. These sites look identical to the Facebook login page, and they require victim’s email address or phone number and password. However, victims should check site’s URL before entering such sensitive data into them. According to our research, scammers use these domains to scam Facebook users into providing login details: page-support-uk.clan.su/security-confirm.html, support-recoverpage-info.esy.es/reconfirm.htm, wk-setting-page.hol.es, and others. If the user enters private information into these fake login forms, it immediately reachers scammers who quickly hack victim’s account. It means they get full control of your profile, private information, messages, pictures, and everything that you have ever shared via your account. What is more, hackers can send messages on your behalf to your friends in order to coax money from them. We must warn you that scammers can hack Facebook pages you own, rename them and use them to spread deceptive messages on a larger scale.
If you have encountered such scam, or if you have become a victim, report the phishing Facebook page to real Facebook authorities as soon as you can. Also, if your account has been hacked, report compromised account via this page. With more than 1,79 billion monthly active users, this social media platform is the primary place where cyber criminals search for prey. To learn more about Facebook viruses, see this article.