Facebook Phishing Scam Poses as Message from Mark ‘Zurckerberg’By: Josh Wolford - March 4, 2013
Facebook CEO Mark Zurckerberg is not sending out privacy notices, requesting that users verify their accounts. That’s because no such messages would ever come from the Facebook CEO. There’s also that pesky little detail that the CEO of Facebook is not Mark Zurckerberg.
This one should immediately throw up some red flags, considering that the scammers can’t even spell “Zuckerberg” correctly. A new phishing scam making its way around Facebook is just a new riff on a classic ruse.
Hoax Slayer is reporting a message hitting some users’ inboxes claims to be from “Mark Zurckerberg” and states that…
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:
Clicking on the link will direct users to a fake Facebook login page. Although made to look like the real Facebook login page, this malicious site will simply steal your info once you enter it in.
This type account verification scam is old, but persistent. Most claim that the user has violated some Facebook terms and must verify their account in order to keep it from being suspended. In the past couple of months, we’ve seen a couple variations of this scam hit Facebook. One version purported to come from the Facebook Security Team. Another scam message claimed that users had been “annoying or insulting” to other users and that they face account suspension. Both of those scams, like this “Zurckerberg” one, asked for personal info to “verify” the accounts.