[Update: Password recovery code email phishing scam] Facebook users concerned over growing cases of hacked accounts, still no official word
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on May 9, 2023) follows:
Facebook is amongst the most popular social media platforms used by people across the globe. However, like any other social media platform, Facebook is not free from scammers as well.
Facebook growing cases of hacked accounts
And this is quite understandable since the way in which these accounts are being hacked are similar. At first, users get tricked into sharing their login information with scamsters who impersonate friends or family members.
Due to this, one cannot login back or recover their account from their end and has to get in touch with Facebook support.
And to make matters worse, hackers upload objectionable content or perform illegal activities on one’s Facebook or Instagram account in order to get it permanently banned or disabled.
This is undeniably a dilemma for all those who have lost access to their business profiles or brand pages as the problem affects their reach and profitability.
My Facebook Account got hacked. When I try to log in I see inappropiate image as my pfp, and I get a message that my account is Disabled. This account is also linked to my business account.
My facebook account was hacked. Changed email/password. Locked out. Please assist.
It is also worth mentioning that scammers use hacked verified pages to lure users into downloading and installing malware on their devices. So it is advised that you exercise caution while clicking on links or downloading things.
No official response
Unfortunately, Facebook has not officially responded on the matter, but we are hopeful that the company will take concrete steps in this regard and help people recover their accounts.
Until then, we’ll keep tabs on this topic and update the article to reflect noteworthy information.
Update 1 (July 20, 2023)
01:03 pm (IST): Some Facebook users are getting emails (1, 2, 3, 4) with reset password recovery code. However, this is just a trap by hackers in attempt to steal their accounts and we suggest not to fall for it.
Update 2 (July 21, 2023)
03:53 pm (IST): According to a report, Facebook has denied sending the emails, even though they appear to be from their official account ([email protected]).
It seems like someone is trying to access my account and the emails I’m getting seem like it came from the official FB email, “[email protected]”. I also have 2FA on to be sure. However, when I check the Recent Emails tab on my app, it says that FB hasn’t sent any recent emails so I’m confused.
Update 3 (July 24, 2023)
03:23 pm (IST): A user said that they got Facebook recovery code email even when they already deactivated their account years ago.
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