Facebook Confirmation Code Text Spam—Another Facebook Glitch or a Scam?
Facebook scams are not a new thing. The social media platform has been around for well over a decade and its ever-changing interface and innovative security measures did not stop the scammers. They made them creative.
One of the popular Facebook’s safety measures is a two-step verification process. The process allows you to add another security method in addition to your password when logging in from a new browser or device.
The additional method most people choose is a confirmation code text, and this is where the scammers come in. If you didn’t try to log in to Facebook but keep getting random spam texts with a confirmation code, you might be a target of a scam.
What Is SMS or Text Spam?
SMS spam can be any unsolicited text message sent to your cellphone. The purpose of such messages varies.
They could be marketing messages aiming to sell you something or info texts coming from various companies. But a text could also be a phishing attempt, which is usually the case with dubious confirmation-code texts from Facebook.
Phishing via SMS, also called SMSishing or Smishing, happens when a scammer is using texts to coax their victims into disclosing private info.
Similar to robocalls, phishing scams use massive-outreach and auto-dialer technology. This type of spam is illegal according to the CAN-SPAM Act texting regulations because it uses internet-to-phone SMS methods.
With Facebook spam text messages scammers may not even use this type of technology in case they are targeting your account specifically.
What Is the Process Behind Spam Text Messages for Facebook Confirmation?
When you have two-factor authentication turned on and try to log into Facebook from a new browser, the first step is entering your password. After that, you’ll get a text with your Facebook confirmation code, which you should type in the login window.
Scammers have found a way to take advantage of this process and this is how it usually works:
- You’ll get a message from a number containing Facebook confirmation code and a link
- If you click on a link, it will take you to a fake Facebook page asking you to type in the confirmation code to log in. You might be asked to type in your password as well
- The scammer, who already has your phone number, now has access to the confirmation code (and maybe your password) and can access your Facebook account
There are a few variations of the scam, but this is the most common one. Getting access to your Facebook account does not only harm your privacy but can lead to the breach in your other accounts (if you have connected apps, or use the same or similar passwords).
Are All Spam Text Messages With Verification Code From Facebook a Scam?
Not necessarily. There are plenty of reasons why you might be getting these messages:
- You tried to log in from a new browser and forgot you have two-step authentication turned on
- Someone else accidentally typed in your number in their Facebook settings and is trying to log in to their account
- Facebook is glitching and sending you delayed verification messages
- Someone is trying to log into your Facebook account by accident, which happens if you saved your credentials on a device with multiple users
You could also receive a verification code message if a bot is attempting to guess your password or someone is trying to hack your account, in which case you might be dealing with a scam.
How Do I Recognize a Dangerous Facebook Confirmation Code Text Spam Message?
This is a tricky question. Facebook confirmation code texts are usually short, so there is not much room for mistakes and telltale signs.
Here are some points that may help you verify if a text from Facebook is real:
Legitimate verification messages from Facebook don’t include links.
You will get a code that you have to enter into a login screen that is already open in your browser, so sending links would make no sense
|The verification code from Facebook is a six-digit number. There are no hyphens between the numbers and no letters or symbols|
The standard American telephone number is a ten-digit number. Texts from Facebook will come from a four or five-digit phone number, or the sender will not have a number at all, just a name
All these factors could be red flags, but a clever scammer will know how to go around them. The main rule to follow is: If you get an unexpected verification code message from Facebook, treat it like a scam and take necessary steps to protect yourself.
How To Block and Report Spam Text Messages for Facebook Confirmation
As long as the sender didn’t hide their number, you can report it using one of these methods:
- The Federal Trade Commission’s Complaint Center
- 7726 Spam-reporting service—forward the message to the number
- Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or another carrier company
- Report option on your phone
Additional Methods To Protect Yourself From Spam Text Messages With a Verification Code From Facebook
Here are some guidelines you can follow to protect your Facebook account:
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