If you get an email from Facebook saying you’ve been reported for copyright violation don’t click on the link…
…it’s a phishing scam designed to steal your Facebook information.
So how does this scam work?
Since most people use Facebook in some fashion, they genuinely believe that the email they are receiving is from Facebook. Why not, right? Who else would it be from?
It looks like an official email from Facebook. It even has special code numbers that make it appear like you’ve been assigned a case number. Yup, it’s so official that the email tricks over half the people who receive it into clicking on a link and signing in. Unfortunately, the moment you “sign in” is the moment you’ve given your password to the scammer behind the email.
Looks legit doesn’t?
It’s got the Facebook logo, case number, address and even a link for their help center.
Unfortunately, when you look at the email it’s coming from, which most people don’t do, you’ll see it’s not from Facebook but from a Facebook look-a-like email. This one is from…
And the moment you click the “See our Help Center” link as displayed in the email or the URL with the contact/appeal in it…and follow the prompts to enter your information, well that’s when they (the scammers) gain full access to your Facebook account.
Facebook will in 99% of most cases simply contact you through their platform sending you a message which will show up in your notifications.