Facebook Shutdown Scam is Back to Fool Again

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 newsfeed 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 interface 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 been popping 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 From Facebook “Click Bait” Scams:

Take the following steps to protect yourself and others from scams perpetuated through Facebook:

  • 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.
  • 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.

For More Information

Check out Facebook’s resources for keeping your account secure. To find out more about scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper.

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