Beware of Facebook Account Closure Scam

Kara Reeder

Yet another Facebook scam is making the rounds. says the security experts are warning about a rogue third-party application that pretends to announce that Facebook is closing all accounts.


Users who were tricked into downloading the app saw this message appear on their profile:

Facebook is closing all accounts today. They can't handle so many accounts. Most of the old accounts are not active, so they are deleting everything. If you want your account alive please confirm your activity. This is the final notice!

According to Sophos Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley, the goal is to spread the message virally to all of a user's friends. Also, victims are taken to an online survey that earns the scammers commission.


Social network users can expect to see an increase in scams. Symantec's annual threat report predicts that attackers will continue to ramp up attacks on online social networks in 2011.

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