Scam - "Facebook Security Pages Has Requested To Take Ownership of Your Page"
July 6, 2014
Facebook page owners are ask to look out for the malicious page verification and ownership notification below, which will allow cyber-criminals to take control of or hijack their Facebook pages. The notification was not sent by Facebook.
Please continue reading below.
The Facebook page verification and ownership process is used by Facebook to determine if a page is legitimate. With this information, Facebook users will be able to determine if a Facebook page is genuine. Verified pages have a blue tick mark or badge next to the page's name.
The Malicious Facebook Page Ownership Request Notification
Page Vérifiée has requested to take ownership of your Page. If you approve the request, Page Vérifiée will take ownership of this Page, which will allow the admins of the Page Vérifiée business to manage Page roles. Accepting this request is permanent.
Facebook Security Pages has requested to take ownership of your Page. If you approve the request, Facebook Security Pages will take ownership of this Page, which will allow the admins of the Facebook Security Pages business to manage Page roles. Accepting this request is permanent.
If the notifcation above pop-ups on your screen, please ignore it.
Cyber-criminals know that it is important for Facebook page owners to have their pages verified, because this will make their Facebook visitors comfortable, knowning that they are not on a fake page, created by scammers to trick them into stealing their information or sending money.
So, they (cybercriminals) created this fake and malicious Page Ownership Verification notification, to trick Facebook page owners into taking control of or hijacking their pages.
A few website owners, with over a million followers or 'likes', have reported getting locked out of their Facebook pages, after they received the malicious Facebook Page Ownership notification and, thinking it was sent by Facebook, clicked the “Approved” button. They now claim that their Facebook pages are no longer available.
This problem has been reported to Facebook, but we are still waiting on them to respond.
So, while we investigate this scam, please ignore any Facebook Page Ownership Verification request and continue to check this page for updates.
With so many fake celebrity, government, popular name and business pages on Facebook, it was hard to tell if a page is legitimate. Because of this, Facebook came up with the verification page process that it uses to indicate to its users, that a page is legitimate.
Facebook uses a blue tick mark or a badge to indicate that they have verified a page. Please note that they have not verified all legitimate pages, because it is a process that takes time. So, there are legitimate pages without blue tick marks or badges.
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