A new scam message is spreading across the social networking giant Facebook, where users are asked to verify their Facebook account before the 1st of June. Failing to do so will force the Facebook team to “terminate” the account. The message indicates that the process of verification is done in order to avoid scams under the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
The message is spreading as follow -
WARNING : Announcement From FACEB00K Verification Team. All Profiles Must Be Verified Before 1st June 2012 To Avoid Scams and Scams Under SOPA ACT. The Unverfied Accounts Will Be Terminated. Verfiy Your Accounts Soon at bit.ly
By looking at the misspelled words in the message, one should understand the message is a fake. Also, if in case there was anything as such, then Facebook would never user bit.ly’s URL shorter, since it has its own URL shortner fb.me
Verifying your Facebook account enables you to take advantage of Facebook’s features. For instance, once your account is verified you can upload videos and personalize your profile (timeline) URL by adding a username to your account.
This, however, doesn’t mean that if do not verify your account, your account will be disabled or “terminated.”
Now, clicking on the link in the above spreading scam message will take you to the following Facebook application installation screen:
This is rogue application, and associating the app with your Facebook account will give the developers of the app access to your complete profile information, including all your photos, and also post updates on your behalf. Along with that, it will also enable them spam the scam message to all your friends by tagging them in post updates.
How to Verify Facebook Account?
If in case you’re curious to know on how you can verify your Facebook account, follow the steps mentioned below:
- Once you have created a Facebook account, you can verify your account by adding a mobile number to it. Enter your mobile number, starting with the country code (ex: 1 for US numbers).
- Facebook will then send you a confirmation code as a text message. Enter this code into the space provided to verify your account.
- You can also do this from your Mobile Settings page (Account > Account Settings > Mobile).
Note that you can only use your mobile phone to verify one account. To know more about verifying your Facebook account, then click here.