Facebook is closing all accounts today? Nope, it’s a viral rogue application

A new viral scam is being spread across Facebook by a rogue application, tricking users into believing that Facebook is closing all accounts today.

Many Facebook users have found that their profiles have been updated with a message which reads:

Facebook closing all accounts today

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! [LINK]

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They may also see a message reading:

Final Notice - Confirm your activity today!
In order to keep your account alive you must verify your activity!
Your account will be permanently disabled if you don't take this step.

The sad thing is that there are many Facebook users who can be fooled by a cunning piece of social engineering like this, as their addiction to the world’s most popular social network outweighs their skepticism about Facebook killing off accounts.

If you do make the mistake of clicking on the link you are taken to a rogue application, which attempts to present itself as an official application developed by Facebook itself, but is written by a third-party. Their intention is to gain access to your Facebook profile so they can post the same message from your Facebook page, spreading the message virally to all of your friends.

Facebook closing rogue application

So don’t grant the application permission!

If the fear of losing your Facebook account drove you to make a bad decision and you did grant the application the right to post to your wall, it will take advantage immediately and take your browser to an online survey that earns the scammers commission.

Facebook closing message

If you’ve been affected by this scam, you should clean up your account before any further damage is done.

I’ve made a YouTube video where I show you how to clean-up your Facebook account if you were hit by this, or similar scams on Facebook:


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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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