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Warning: Announcement from Facebook Verification Team:
All profiles must be verified before 15th March 2014 to
avoid scams under SOPA and PIPA Act.
Verify your Account by steps below
Invite your friends.
However, the message is not an official Facebook notification and the claim that users must verify their accounts by March 15th is untrue.
Users who fall for the ruse and click the button will first be asked to give a Facebook application permission to access their details. Once installed, this rogue app will spam out more fake messages in the name of the user.
Victims will then be taken to another fake page where they are again told that that they must verify their account by clicking a further link. However, clicking the link takes them to various survey pages or tries to entice them to sign up for online games.
Many of the surveys claim that users must provide their mobile phone number to enter in a prize draw. But, by giving out their number, users are actually signing up for very expensive SMS "subscriptions" charged at several dollars per message sent. Other surveys may ask victims to provide personal and contact information that will later be shared with third parties and used to inundate them with junk mail, emails, phone calls and text messages.
The scammers responsible for the bogus "verification" messages will earn commissions via dodgy affiliate marketing systems each and every time a person participates in a survey or provides their personal information in an online "offer".
Reports indicate that some versions of the scam may try to trick victims into divulging their account login details to criminals. The criminals can then hijack the compromised accounts and use them to distribute further scam messages.
The scam is a reincarnation of an almost identical "verification" scam campaign from June 2012. And, in May 2013, another variant of the scam claimed that Facebook fan page owners were required to verify their accounts.Facebook would never require users to verify their accounts by installing an app or participating in online surveys. If you receive one of these bogus messages, do not click on any links that it contains.
Last updated: January 28, 2014
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