Users who want the coveted verified badge must prove their profile’s integrity and public interest through a sequence of connections. Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is experimenting with a paid verification option, but only for a small group of users.
Social media analyst Matt Navara posted a screenshot of a verified profile with a Blue Tick. The most alarming aspect of this scam is that it targets social media administrators by sending them messages from a phone verified account that contains a suspicious link designed to steal their personal information and, ultimately, their money.
Lingering Security Issues over Users
Navara’s Twitter feed shows a snapshot of a message in which the scammers warn users, including social media managers, about “security issues.” Users are encouraged to move to a safer, more professional tool to manage their Facebook accounts. The current tools will no longer be compatible with the so-called security issue. Users must get this application to stay current.
Announcement from Facebook for users
The announcement states, “The new manager is packed with new features that can reach your target audience better and automatically optimize ads better.” A user placed this advertisement with the username “Meta Ads”
The post has almost 140 comments and 949 likes, as shown in the screenshot. In addition, it has been forwarded 92 times. Despite their seeming legitimacy, users should not interact with this profile or post under any circumstances. This ad is malicious and will lead users to malicious websites.
Malware’s ability to steal information or get access to the system once it has infiltrated a system leaves the user exposed. Although this procedure is not without precedent, it still needs to be determined who was responsible for verifying the profile. It’s also possible the con artist hacked into a legitimate account and changed the user name and photo.
Hackers have previously gotten access to world leaders like former US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for crypto-scams. Some experts oppose Twitter’s sponsored verification mechanism for this very reason. Scammers may be able to authenticate a user’s profile and trick others on the network if users are given the option to purchase Blue Ticks.